Brandon Flowers Blooms on U.K. Albums Chart With 'The Desired Effect'

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Brandon Flowersphotgraphed on March 24, 2015 in New York.

Brandon Flowers made it two No. 1s from two solo albums in the U.K. last night (May 24), as The Desired Effect (EMI) entered at the top, 5,000 combined chart sales ahead of Paul Weller’s Saturns Pattern (Parlophone/Warner Music). OMI’s Felix Jaehn remix of “Cheerleader” (Ultra) started a fourth week at the singles summit.

Flowers’ previous solo release, Flamingo, debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. in September 2010. He also has four chart-toppers under his belt as frontman with the Killers, who achieved the feat with 2004’s Hot FussSam’s Town in 2006, Day & Age in 2008 and 2012’s Battle Born.

“Saturns Pattern” is Weller’s 16th top ten album since the former Jam and Style Council frontman started his solo career, and the tenth to make the top two. His last studio release, Sonik Kicks, hit No. 1 in 2012. 

After two weeks at the top, Mumford & Sons’ Wilder Mind (Gentlemen of the Road/Universal Island) fell to No. 3, while Taylor Swift held at No. 4 with 1989 (EMI/Universal) and Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal) fell 2-5. Smith’s debut completes an entire year on the chart this week, in which it has never been outside the top ten and spent all but two weeks in the top five.

Faith No More arrived at No. 6 with Sol Invictus (Reclamation Recordings), to score their fourth U.K. top ten album some 23 years after the first, Angel Dust, in 1992. The Mariah Carey compilation #1 To Infinity (Epic/Sony) entered at No. 8, her best ranking since E=MC2 hit No. 3 in 2008. 

The top 20 also held new entries for Hot Chip’s Why Make Sense (Domino) at No. 13, Blurryface (Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic/Warner) by Twenty One Pilots at No. 14 and Whitesnake’s The Purple Album (Frontiers) at No. 18. Now That’s What I Call Music 90 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) started an eighth week atop the compilation chart.

“Cheerleader” stayed ahead of its nearest challenger, the former No. 1 “See You Again” (Atlantic/Warner) by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, which moved back 3-2. Last week’s arrival at No. 2, “Bills” (Kemosabe/RCA/Sony) by Lunchmoney Lewis, fell to No. 3.

Taylor Swift had the highest entry of the singles week with “Bad Blood” (EMI/Universal), featuring Kendrick Lamar, while “Where Are U Now” (Atlantic/Warner) by Jack U featuring Justin Bieber reached a new peak, climbing 7-5 in its 11th chart week. David Guetta’s “Hey Mama” (Parlophone/Warner), featuring Nicki Minaj and Afrojack, jumped 17-10.