Lionel Richie Hits No. 1 for First Time in 23 Years on U.K. Albums Chart
Lionel Richie had earned his first U.K. No. 1 album in 23 years. His June 28 performance at Glastonbury Festival catapulted 2003’s The Definitive Collection (Motown/Universal Music TV), featuring his work both with and without the Commodores, to the top of the U.K. album chart. “Are You With Me” (All Around The World/Universal) by Lost Frequencies, a.k.a. Belgian producer Felix De Laet, climbs 2-1 on the singles chart.
Richie last topped the U.K. album countdown this week in 1992, when his Back To Front compilation spent the last of six weeks at the top. He previously reached the summit with Can’t Slow Down, which had spells there in both November 1983 and March/April the following year. The Definitive Collection first hit the chart at its previous peak at No. 10, and previously spent 45 weeks in the top 75; the Glastonbury date helped it towards a combined sales increase of 1763 percent.
Richie’s fellow Glastonbury performer Florence + the Machine fell back to No. 2 with How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Universal Island). Other stars of that weekend to enjoy sales increases included James Bay, who rose 6-3 with Chaos and the Calm (Republic/ Universal), and Hozier, up 15-8 with his self-titled Universal Island set.
Forty-three years after releasing his first solo album, Henry The Human Fly, esteemed British singer-guitarist Richard Thompson lands his first top 10 album, as Still (Proper) debuted at No. 10. The Who’s performances in London’s Hyde Park (June 26) and as the closing headliners at Glastonbury two days later helped their Who Hits 50 retrospective (Polydor/UMC/Universal) move from No. 28 to a new peak of No. 11.
North London alternative rock band Wolf Alice fell 2-12 with My Love Is Cool (Dirty Hit/Universal), while Philadelphia hip-hop star Meek Mill came in at No. 13 with his sophomore release Dreams Worth More Than Money (Atlantic/Warner Music). Now That’s What I Call A Summer Party (Sony CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) is in a second week at the top of the various artists compilations chart.
Lost Frequencies’ version of “Are You With Me” is a club-friendly cover of a 2012 album track by Mercury Nashville country artist Easton Corbin. Written by hit country writers Tommy Lee James, Terry McBride and Shane McAnally, it’s been turned into a massive European hit by the Belgian producer, hitting No.1 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden and several other countries before starting its new reign in the U.K.
Tinie Tempah’s “Not Letting Go” (Parlophone/Warner Music), featuring Jess Glynne, fell 1-2, while Rita Ora scored a sixth top 10 single as “Poison” (Roc Nation/Columbia/Sony) started at No. 3. The other top 10 arrival was “Freak Of The Week” (Virgin/Universal) by London hip-hop duo Krept & Konan, featuring U.S. soulster Jeremih, at No. 9.
This is the final Monday U.K. chart report before publications switch to Fridays to reflect the new global music release date. For info on how the global music release date affects Billboard charts, head here.