Bombay Bicycle Club Rides To U.K. Chart Summit

Bombay Bicycle Club perform at day 3 of Lollapalooza on August 5th, 2012 in Grant Park, Chicago.

London four-piece Bombay Bicycle Club landed their first U.K. No. 1 album with their fourth set “So Long, See You Tomorrow” (Universal Island) as the weekly sales figures were published by the Official Charts Company Sunday (Feb. 9). Clean Bandit, featuring Jess Glynne, started a third week atop the singles chart with “Rather Be” (Atlantic/Warner Music).

Bombay Bicycle Club first hit the U.K. album chart when their 2009 debut “I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose” reached No. 46. The 2010 follow-up “Flaws” hit No. 8 and 2011’s “A Different Kind of Fix” No. 6. Their new release topped the bestsellers ahead of Avicii’s “True” (Positiva/PRMD/Universal), which moved up 4-2 in its 21st week. Ellie Goulding’s “Halcyon” (Polydor/Universal) fell 2-3. 

London Grammar’s “If You Wait” (Metal & Dust Recordings) continued its resurgence with a 7-4 climb, as Beyoncé’s self-titled Columbia/Sony set fell 3-5. Dutch symphonic rock band Within Temptation debuted at a career-best No. 6 with their sixth studio album “Hydra” (Dramatico), and north of England rock outfit Maximo Park returned with “Too Much Information” (Daylighting), their fifth U.K. chart album and third to make the top ten.

You Me At Six, who notched their first U.K. No. 1 album last week with “Cavalier Youth” (Virgin/Universal), plummeted to No. 10, while there was a No. 12 start for Broken Bells with “After The Disco” (Columbia/Sony), a 32-16 rebound for Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” (Atlantic/Warner Music) and a No. 20 start for folk star Seth Lakeman’s latest, “Word of Mouth” (Cooking Vinyl). On the compilation chart, the soundtrack to “Frozen” (Walt Disney/Universal) climbed 2-1.

Clean Bandit’s continuing reign on the singles chart saw third-week sales of some 103,000 for a total to Saturday night of 402,000. “Rather Be” is now the Atlantic label’s longest-running No. 1 single since “American Boy” by Estelle featuring Kanye West, which led for four weeks in 2008. 

Pharrell Williams’ former No. 1 “Happy” (Back Lot) moved back 3-2 as drum ‘n’ bass star DJ Fresh arrived at No. 3 with “Dibby Dibby Sound” (Ministry of Sound), featuring Jay Fay and Ms. Dynamite. “Feelin’ Myself” (Interscope/ Universal) by featuring Miley Cyrus, French Montana and Wiz Khalifa fell 2-4.

Another former bestseller, “Timber” (Mr.305/Polo Grounds/J/Sony) by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha, rose 6-5, and OneRepublic’s “If I Lose Myself” (Interscope/Universal) broke into the top ten with an 11-8 climb.