English electronic quartet Clean Bandit, featuring Jess Glynne, scored the highest sales total for a January No. 1 single for 18 years with “Rather Be” (Atlantic/Warner Music), when the new U.K. sales charts were unveiled yesterday (Jan. 26). Ellie Goulding’s “Halcyon” (Polydor/Universal) returned to the top of the album bestsellers, in a top ten featuring new entries for Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Warpaint and Mogwai.
“Rather Be,” which combines electronic pop with classical strings, sold 163,000 in the week to Saturday night, the best weekly total in the traditionally slow first month of the year since Babylon Zoo’s “Spaceman” shifted 383,000 copies in 1996. Clean Bandit had their debut U.K. hit last spring, when “Mozart’s House” reached No. 17. The group formed at Cambridge University in 2009.