Gaslight Anthem's "Handwritten" Opens at No. 2... Florence + the Machine Tops Singles Chart, Again
Plan B 's "Ill Manors" film soundtrack debuted atop the new U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday), as Florence + the Machine 's "Spectrum (Say My Name)" again leads the singles chart. Among various beneficiaries of last Friday night's London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, Decca/UMC's "Isles of Wonder" soundtrack to it debuted at No. 5 on the compilation chart after just one day on sale.
The Plan B album sold close to 37,000 units last week, although the sales gap that often exists between the artist chart and the less-publicized survey for various-artist compilations was highlighted by the No. 1 debut on the latter listing for "Now! That's What I Call Music 82." The latest release in the venerable series sold 267,000 units, dwarfing both Plan B and the No. 2 compilation, "Now That's What I Call A No. 1," which sold 22,000. "Isles of Wonder" sold 10,000 in the 24 hours after its release just after midnight last Friday.
Back on the artist chart, The Gaslight Anthem  debuted at No. 2 with "Handwritten" on 18,000 sales, as Maroon 5 's "Overexposed" slipped 2-3 (9,000). Jennifer Lopez  started at No. 4 with "Dance Again...The Hits" and Joss Stone returned at No. 6 with "The Soul Sessions - Volume 2," selling 8,000.
"Spectrum (Say My Name)" leads the singles line again with a further 65,000 sales, its best total in three weeks at the top that have yielded total sales of 202,000. Maroon 5 's "Payphone," featuring Wiz Khalifa  stayed at No. 2 again with 50,000 new sales, and Stooshe climbed 5-3 with "Black Heart."
Parlophone/EMI's British teen heartthrob Conor Maynard  scored another hit as "Vegas Girl" opened at No. 4, while American duo Karmin's U.S. top 20 hit "Brokenhearted" went even better here with a No. 6 debut.
Public Enemy's "Harder Than You Think," first released in 2007, jumped 71-27 on the singles list after substantial exposure in Channel 4's trails for its forthcoming Paralympic Games coverage. Two tracks performed at the Olympics ceremony and included in "Isles of Wonder" made minor singles chart debuts of their own, the Arctic Monkeys' version of "Come Together" at No. 67 and "Caliban's Dream" by Underworld, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Only Men Aloud, Evelyn Roberts and Alex Trimble at No. 69, both on Locog/UMC.
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