Olly Murs Takes U.K. Album Honors With '24 HRS'
Olly Murs today scores his fourth consecutive U.K. No. 1 album as 24 HRS (RCA/Sony) enters at the top to draw level with One Direction as the most successful X Factor graduate in terms of chart-topping albums. Clean Bandit's “Rockabye” (Atlantic/Warner), featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie, starts a second week atop the singles chart.
Murs' album sold 58,000 units to take top spot, according to the Official Charts Company. After reaching No. 2 with his self-titled debut set in 2010, he's topped the survey with In Case You Didn't Know (2011), Right Place Right Time (2012), Never Been Better (2012) and now the new release.
24 HRS thus prevents Emeli Sandé with a bestselling return, as Long Live The Angels (Virgin/Universal) debuts at No. 2. The match the longevity of its multi-platinum predecessor Our Version of Events, it will need to spend the next 66 consecutive weeks inside the U.K. top ten.
Vocalists Michael Ball and Alfie Boe's Together (Decca/Universal) drops 2-3 on the new chart, while 76-year-old Cliff Richard enters at No. 4 with Just...Fabulous Rock 'n' Roll (Sony). It's the veteran's 44th top ten album, a sequence that began with Cliff in 1959.
Elvis Presley's The Wonder Of You falls 3-5 in the new data, while the death of Leonard Cohen prompts a 29-7 rebound for his recently-released You Want It Darker (Columbia/Sony). The Essential Leonard Cohen, also on Columbia, re-enters at No. 26.
Clean Bandit's single moved 76,000 combined units to extend its reign, while James Arthur's former No. 1 “Say You Won't Let Go” (Syco/Sony) moves back 3-2. His labelmates Little Mix dip 2-3 with “Shout Out To My Ex,” as hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane race 36-4 with “Black Beatles” (Interscope/Universal). The Weeknd's “Starboy” (Republic/XO/Universal), featuring Daft Punk, falls 4-5.