George Michael’s 'Symphonica' Opens At No. 1 on U.K. Albums Chart

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George Michael performs during the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

George Michael’s live “Symphonica” album (Virgin EMI/Universal) won the battle of the heavyweight releases with Kylie Minogue’s “Kiss Me Once” (Parlophone/Warner Music) on the new U.K. sales charts yesterday (March 23). 

London DJ-producer Duke Dumont scored his second chart-topping single in the territory with “I Got U” (Blasé Boys Club), featuring Jax Jones.

Michael’s new release, recorded on his 2011-12 “Symphonica” world tour, finished the week some 20,000 sales ahead of Minogue, according to the Official Charts Company, to become the seventh U.K. No. 1 album of his solo career. He had two more as a member of Wham! before recording under his own name. Minogue, who has had five U.K. album chart-toppers, also debuted at No. 2 with her last release, 2012’s “The Abbey Road Sessions.” The first single from the new album, “Into The Blue,” fell 12-31.

Pharrell Williams’ “G I R L” (Columbia/Sony) stayed at No. 3 on the new survey, with Paloma Faith’s “A Perfect Contradiction” (RCA/Sony) down 2-4 and last week’s new entry at No. 1, Elbow’s “The Take Off and Landing of Everything” (Fiction/Universal), down to No. 5.

In a busy week of new entries, Nicholas McDonald, runner-up to Sam Bailey on last year’s “X Factor” season, debuted at No. 6 with “In The Arms Of An Angel” (RCA/Sony), while U.S. rockers Pretty Reckless arrived at No. 8 with “Going To Hell” (Cooking Vinyl). Kian Egan, formerly with recently-split Irish pop hitmakers Westlife, took his solo bow with “Home” (Rhino/Warner Music) at No. 9. 

There were top 20 debuts for Enrique Iglesias’ “Sex and Love” (Republic/Universal) at No.11, “Recess” (Owsla/Asylum/Warner Music) by Skrillex at No. 13, “Glee” star Lea Michele’s “Louder” (Columbia/Sony) at No. 16 and The War On Drugs’ “Lost In The Dream” (Secretly Canadian) at No. 18. 

On the compilation chart, another themed album from the “Now!” team,”Now That’s What I Call Feel Good” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal), debuted at No. 1 to take the place of “Now That’s What I Call Running 2014.”

Duke Dumont, aka London-born Adam Dyment, topped the U.K. singles chart last year with “Need U (100%)” featuring A*M*E. The track went on to be an international hit, a No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart, and Grammy-nominated for Best Dance Recording. The new hit “I Got U,” featuring British vocalist Jax Jones, samples Whitney Houston’s “My Love Is Your Love.”

The former No. 1 “My Love” (Rinse Recordings/Columbia/Sony), by Route 94 featuring Jess Glynne, held at No. 2, while John Legend’s “All Of Me” (Columbia/Sony) reached another new peak with a 6-3 climb. His “Love In The Future” album slipped 6-7. 

Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” single fell 3-4 and last week’s No. 1 debutant, “Tsunami (Jump)” (Ministry of Sound) by Dvbbs and Borgeous featuring Tinie Tempah, fell to No. 5. Pop girl band Little Mix’s cover of Cameo’s “Word Up,” released on Syco Music/Sony as the official single of this year’s Sport Relief telethon, opened at No. 6. 


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