Katy Perry Roars To U.K. Chart Summit With Her Best Opening Sales

Katy Perry - Roar

“Roar” (Virgin/Universal) gave Katy Perry her best-ever opening sales week to become her fourth U.K. No. 1 single, as the Official Charts Company unveiled its weekly sales data yesterday (Sept. 8).

Manchester band The 1975’s eponymous debut album (Dirty Hit/Polydor/Universal) entered at No. 1, outselling its nearest rival, Nine Inch Nails’ “Hesitation Marks” (Polydor/Universal) 2.5 times over.

Perry first hit the U.K. singles summit in the summer of 2008 with “I Kissed A Girl” and went on to the reach the same peak with 2010’s “California Gurls” and last year’s “Part Of Me.” “Roar” is her tenth top ten hit in the territory, plus two more as a featured artist, and sold 179,000 copies last week to mirror its supremacy on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s not only her best first week figure in the U.K. but the third-best debut of the year: Perry’s previous best was the opening 123,000 for “Gurls.”

Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” (Polydor/Universal), which has three-week sales of 311,000, fell to No. 2 on the new chart. Then came falls of one place each for Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” (Positiva/PRMD), Klangkarussell’s “Sonnentanz (Sun Don’t Shine)” (Universal Island), featuring Will Heard, and “Summertime Sadness” (Polydor/Universal) by Lana Del Rey vs. Cedric Gervais.

“Hold On We’re Going Home” (Cash Money/Republic/Universal) by Drake featuring Majid Jordan improved again, 9-6, and there were new entries just outside the top ten for “Lived A Lie” (BMG Rights) by You Me At Six at No. 11 and Neon Jungle’s “Trouble” (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) at No. 12.

The 1975’s album triumph follows three top 40 singles this year, although they’ve yet to go higher on that chart than the No. 19 peak of “Chocolate.”

Nine Inch Nails’ No. 2 debut represents their highest-ever U.K. album ranking in a 22-year chart span, beating the No. 3 peak of 2005’s “With Teeth.”

Brighton duo Rizzle Kicks followed last week’s No. 6 single “Lost Generation” (Universal Island) with a No. 3 start for the album “Roaring 20s” as Ariana Grande, otherwise known at Nickelodeon star Cat Valentine, arrived at No. 7 with “Yours Truly” (Republic/Island).

Avenged Sevenfold, who debuted at No. 1 last week with “Hail To The King” (Warner Bros./Warner Music), fell to No. 8, and there was a No. 10 entry for the third Babyshambles album, “Sequel To The Prequel” (Parlophone/Warner Music). “Now That’s What I Call Music! 85” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) is now in a seventh straight week atop the compilation chart. 


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