‘Yeezus’ Opens at No. 1 on U.K. Albums Chart

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June 12: Kanye West shares with the Design Miami/ Basel audience parts of its unreleased new album Yeezus during a listening session at Design Miami/ Basel in Basel, Switzerland.

As Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, became the U.K.’s second-bestselling single of 2013 and started a fourth week at No. 1 yesterday (June 23), Kanye West scored his second chart-topping album in the market with “Yeezus” (Def Jam/Universal), albeit with a modest 25,000 sales.

West last led the British album chart in 2007 with “Graduation”; his 2011 collaboration with Jay-Z, “Watch The Throne,” peaked at No. 3. “Yeezus” finished some 4,000 units ahead of last week’s No. 1, Black Sabbath’s “13” (Vertigo/Universal), which fell to No. 2. Dublin band Kodaline entered at No. 3 with their debut set “In A Perfect World” (B-Unique/RCA/Sony Music Entertainment).

There were also top ten album debuts for North Carolina-born hip-hop star J. Cole’s sophomore release “Born Sinner” (Roc Nation/Columbia/Sony) at No. 7, on 12,000 sales, and Sigur Rós’ third U.K. top tenner “Kveikur” (XL Recordings), on 11,000. On the compilation chart, “Now That’s What I Call 30 Years” (Sony Music/Virgin EMI) moved back 2-1 for its third aggregate week at the top.

Thicke’s transatlantic chart-topper sold another impressive 133,000 copies last week to take its running total to 718,000, according to the Official Charts Company. It still has a way to go to overhaul Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” (Columbia/Sony), featuring Pharrell Williams, which dips 4-6 this week and is now on the verge of its millionth sale, on 977,000 units.

Jason Derulo’s “The Other Side” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) debuted at No. 2 on the new singles list with 91,000 sales. “La La La” (Virgin/Universal) by Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith fell 2-3 and Passenger’s “Let Her Go” (Nettwerk) 3-4. Dizzee Rascal’s collaboration with Robbie Williams, “Goin’ Crazy” (Dirtee Stank/Universal), arrived at No. 5, and singer-songwriter Tom Odell’s “Another Love” (Columbia/Sony) at No. 10. Arctic Monkeys’ new song “Do I Wanna Know” (Domino) started at No. 11. 


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