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Paolo Nutini's 'Caustic Love' Races To U.K. No. 1

Shamil Tanna

Paolo Nutini

Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini’s third album “Caustic Love” (Atlantic/Warner Music) became his second in a row to top the U.K. chart, as the Official Charts Company published its new weekly data yesterday (April 20). Twenty-five-year-old Canadian Kiesza’s debut release “Hideaway” (Lokal Legend) went straight to the top of the singles chart.

“Caustic Love” sold 109,000 copies last week to become the fastest-selling artist album of the U.K. sales year to date, and the first to sell a six-figure total. “X Factor” winner Sam Bailey’s “The Power Of Love” was the previous leader, with an opening 73,000 last month. Nutini’s first two releases, 2006’s “These Streets” (which peaked at No. 3) and 2009’s chart-topping “Sunny Side Up,” are both certified five-times platinum in the U.K. for 1.5 million shipments. The new album’s current single “Scream (Funk My Life Up)” climbed 28-22 on the new chart. 

Pop band the Vamps’ debut album “Meet The Vamps” (EMI/Universal) made a No. 2 start, as its latest single “Last Night” dipped 2-14. Paloma Faith’s “A Perfect Contradiction” album (RCA/Sony) fell 2-3 and John Legend’s “Love In The Future” album (Columbia/Sony) 3-4, while Kaiser Chiefs’ “Education, Education, Education & War” (Kaiser Chiefs/Fiction/ Universal), No. 1 for the last two weeks, fell to No. 5. 

The next highest newcomer on the album chart was “Homo Erraticus” (K Scope), the new solo release by Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson, at No. 14. It’s his highest-ever U.K. ranking as a soloist and his first time in the top 20 since Tull’s “Roots To Branches” reached No. 20 in 1995. The last Tull album to place higher was 1977’s “Songs From The Wood,” which reached No. 13.

Also new in the artist album top 20 was former “X Factor” runner-up Rhydian’s fifth album “One Day Like This” (Futura Classics), at No. 19. On the compilation chart, “Now That’s What I Call Music! 87” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) started a second week at the top.

Kiesza’s single sold 136,000 units in the U.K. in the sales week ending on Saturday night, the third-highest total of the year behind “I’d Rather Be” by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne (163,000) and “Timber” by Pitbull feauturing Ke$ha (139,000). Sigma’s new entry at No. 1 last week, “Nobody To Love” (3 Beat/All Around The World/Universal), fell a place. 

London DJ-producer Shift K3Y debuted at No. 3 with “Touch” (Columbia/Sony), as Swedish pop-rock singer Tove Lo’s “Stay High” (Polydor/Universal) climbed again,12-6. Teenage London artist Elyar Fox debuted at No. 11 with “A Billion Girls” (RCA/Sony) and grime star Meridian Dan at No. 13 with “German Whip” (PMR) featuring Big H and JME.