As Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” (Polydor/Universal) started a third week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sunday) to become the longest-running bestseller by a domestic artist in 2013, Californian rockers Avenged Sevenfold landed their first No. 1 album in the territory, debuting at the summit with “Hail To The King” (Warner Bros./Warner Music).
The five-piece from Huntingdon Beach reached the U.K. top ten for the first time with their last studio release, their fifth, 2010’s “Nightmare.” That set was certified silver by the BPI for 60,000 shipments that December, some four months after release and just after their third album “City Of Evil,” had gone gold for 100,000 shipments. 2006’s “Waking The Fallen” went gold last December.
Avenged Sevenfold thus prevented Naughty Boy, the Emeli Sandé producer who had a No. 1 single with “La La La” featuring Sam Smith in May, from repeating the feat on the album chart. After entering the singles survey at No. 8 last week with “Lifted,” with vocals by Sandé, his “Hotel Cabana” album (Virgin EMI/Universal) entered at No. 2, just over 1,000 sales behind the rock quintet, according to the Official Charts Company.