Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Swoop to U.K. No. 1
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds have scored the fastest-selling artist album of the U.K. chart year to date with Chasing Yesterday (Sour Mash). It entered at No. 1 on the new survey yesterday (March 8) with combined sales of 89,000. Years & Years went straight to No. 1 on the singles chart with their electro-dance track "King" (Polydor/Universal).
The former Oasis songwriter's previous album with his current band, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, also debuted at the top in October 2011, spending exactly a year on the top 75. It re-charted last month, and climbs 55-41 in the new countdown. The new album's total streams last week represented an adjusted tally of 1,700 sales.
Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal) thus fell to No. 2 on the new album survey, and Ed Sheeran's X (Asylum/Warner Music) 2-3. George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage (Columbia/Sony Music) held at No. 4 and Royal Blood's self-titled Warner Bros. set at No. 5.
Kelly Clarkson's Piece By Piece (RCA/Sony) debuted at No. 6 to become her fifth U.K. top ten album. Vocal group the Overtones arrived at No. 8 with Sweet Soul Music (Warner Music Entertainment), their fourth album in a row to make the top ten, and Decca Nashville duo the Shires made history by becoming the first British country act to score a top ten album, opening at No. 10 with Brave. The Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack (Republic/Universal) tops the compilation chart for a fourth straight week.
Synth-pop act Years & Years started the year by winning the BBC's prestigious Sound of 2015 critics' poll, and now follow that with a combined chart sale of 101,000 copies of "King." The group's previous best peak as lead artist was No. 22 with "Desire" in December, although two months earlier they hit No. 7 as the featured act on "Sunlight" by Magician.
Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" (Polydor/Universal) fell to No. 2 after four weeks at the top, as "FourFiveSeconds" (Roc Nation/Universal) by Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney reached a new peak, moving 5-3. The European hit "When The Beat Drops Out" (Syco Music/Sony) by Londoner Marlon Roudette, formerly of Mattafix, opened at No. 7. The song has already been No. 1 in Germany and No. 2 in Austria. British producer Alex Adair started at No. 13 with "Make Me Feel Better" (Virgin/EMI/Universal).