Little Mix Score Their Longest-Running No. 1 on U.K. Charts With 'Black Magic'
Plus: New Chemical Brothers project tops the U.K. albums chart.
The Chemical Brothers have landed their sixth U.K. chart-topping album. Born in the Echoes (Virgin EMI/Universal) went straight to No. 1 in Friday's new sales data from the Official Charts Company, while Little Mix started a third week atop the singles chart with "Black Magic" (Syco Music/Sony).
The duo of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons thus stretch their run of album bestsellers in their home market to 18 years, since Dig Your Own Hole started the sequence in 1997. That was followed by Surrender in 1999, Come With Us in 2002, Push the Button (2005) and We Are The Night (2007).
Years & Years' debut album Communion (Polydor/Universal), No. 1 for the last two weeks, slipped into runner-up spot, as Ed Sheeran's X (Asylum/Warner Music) also fell, 2-3. Sam Smith improved 5-4 with In the Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal), trading places with James Bay's Chaos and the Calm (Republic/Universal).
There was a career-best No. 7 start for U.S. rockers Lamb of God with Sturm und Drang (Nuclear Blast), while Manchester rapper Bugzy Malone arrived at No. 8 with Walk With Me (Grimey Limey). Roger Waters' reissue of his 1992 album Amused to Death (Columbia/Sony) came in at No. 8, two places below its original peak, while Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods scored a No. 11 debut with Key Markets (Harbinger Sound).
John Legend's 2005 U.K. chart debut album Get Lifted (Columbia/Sony) re-entered at No. 19, seven notches beneath its first peak, while on the compilation chart, Now That's What I Call Music 91 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) made its official top 75 debut, after a No. 78 start.
"Black Magic," which will be on Little Mix's upcoming third album Get Weird, is comfortably the female pop outfit's longest-running U.K. No. 1 single: both their 2011 debut "Cannonball" and the 2012 follow-up "Wings" had one week each at the summit. The current single finished nearly 7,000 chart sales ahead of Years & Years' "Shine," which edged back 3-2 as Lost Frequencies' former No. 1 "Are You With Me" (All Around The World/Universal) fell 2-3. Little Mix will perform at the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival, which takes place Aug. 22-23 at New York's Jones Beach.
Dance duo Sigma's "Glitterball" (3 Beat), featuring Ella Henderson, made its top 75 debut at No. 4, as Walk the Moon moved back three places to No. 5 with "Shut Up and Dance" (RCA/Sony), having spent two weeks at No. 4 in early July.