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Passenger Edges Out Bruce Springsteen for No. 1 Album on U.K. Charts

 Jarrad Seng


James Arthur also By Paul Sexton, London British singer-songwriter Passenger, aka Mike Rosenberg, has outdone Bruce Springsteen to land the new No. 1 on the U.K. album chart with Young As The Morning, Old As scores his second U.K. No. 1 single this week.

British singer-songwriter Passenger, (real name Mike Rosenberg) has outdone Bruce Springsteen to land the new No. 1 on the U.K. album chart, with Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea (Black Crow). James Arthur, meanwhile, gets his second No. 1 single in the territory with “Say You Won't Let Go” (Syco Music/Sony Music), four years after scoring his first, in the wake of winning The X Factor, with “Impossible.”

Passenger was doing battle all week with Springsteen's Chapter and Verse (Columbia), but finished 704 combined units ahead, according to the Official Charts Company, to score his first chart-topping album. Passenger emerged with his fourth album All The Little Lights in 2012, a No. 3 success, then reached No. 5 with Whispers in 2012 and No. 12 with Whispers II last year.

The Springsteen title, the companion to his Born To Run memoir, is thus prevented from becoming his 11th U.K. No. 1 album, landing instead at No. 2. Shawn Mendes enter at No. 3 with Illuminate (EMI/Universal), while long-running British progressive rock force Marillion debut powerfully at No. 4 with F E A R (Ear Music), their highest ranking since Clutching At Straws reached No. 2 in 1987. It's the 16th U.K. top 40 album of their 33-year chart career.

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Last week's new entry at No. 1, Bastille's Wild World (Virgin/Universal), falls to No. 5, while Australian rock band Airbourne's Breakin' Outta Hell (Spinefarm/Universal) comes in at No. 9.

The James Arthur single records combined units of 85,000 to end the four-week reign of “Closer” (Disruptor) by Chainsmokers featuring Halsey, and push it down to No. 2. The Weeknd opens at No. 3 with "Starboy" (Republic/XO/Universal), featuring Daft Punk, while Calvin Harris' “My Way” (Columbia/Sony) improves 5-4. “Let Me Love You” (Interscope/Universal) by DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber dips 3-5.