The original motion picture cast recording of "Les Miserables" (Polydor/Universal) started a second week at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday). Dutch DJ/producer duo Bingo Players hit the top of the singles list for the first time with a bestselling debut for "Get Up (Rattle)" (Ministry of Sound), featuring Far East Movement.
"Les Miserables" outsold its closest competitor, Emeli Sandé's "Our Version Of Events" (Virgin/EMI), by two to one, but as Sandé held at No. 2, her latest hit single from the set, "Clown," rose 11-8. Two more former album chart-toppers traded positions, Calvin Harris' "18 Months" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) rising 4-3 to overtake Jake Bugg's self-titled Mercury/Universal release.
The next five album titles were all moving in the right direction, Rihanna's "Unapologetic" (Def Jam/Universal) 6-5, Ed Sheeran's "+" (Asylum/Warner Music) 8-6, Bruno Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox" (Atlantic/Warner) 11-7, One Direction's "Take Me Home" (Syco/Sony) 11-8 and fun.'s "Some Nights" (Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic/Warner) 13-9. Manchester band I Am Kloot followed strong reviews for their sixth album "Let It All In" (Shepherd Moon), produced like its 2010 predecessor "Sky At Night" by Guy Garvey and Craig Potter of Elbow, with their first-ever top ten showing, at No. 10.
Ellie Goulding's "Halcyon" (Polydor/Universal) rose 25-13 as the single "Explosions" debuted in the top 75 at No. 33. "The Very Best of Neil Diamond" (Columbia/Sony) improved 28-14, Jools Holland's "The Golden Age of Song" (Rhino/Warner), featuring his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and a cast of guest stars, rose from No. 20 to a new peak of No. 15 and Madness raced back into the top 75 at No. 16 with "Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da" (Cooking Vinyl). After ten weeks atop the compilation chart, "Now! That's What I Call Music 83" (EMI TV/Universal Music TV) was unseated by "The Trevor Nelson Collection" (Sony Music), a collection chosen by the English TV and radio broadcaster, which climbed 2-1.
Bingo Players, comprising Paul Bäumer and Maarten Hoogstraten, have some seven years of singles release to their name, but their previous best U.K. showing was at No. 44 with 2011's "Cry (Just A Little)." As will.i.am and Britney fell to No. 2, Taylor Swift moved up 4-3 with her former Billboard Hot 100 No. 2 "I Knew You Were Trouble" (Mercury/Universal). Her "Red" album held at No. 12.
"Stay" (Def Jam/Universal), the single by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko, climbed one place to return again to its previous No. 4 peak, and Calvin Harris' "Drinking From The Bottle," featuring Tinie Tempah, also improved one notch to its peak of two weeks ago at No. 5. Conor Maynard's "Animal" (Parlophone/EMI), featuring Wiley, raced 34-6.
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