One Direction Tops UK Chart With Fastest-Selling Single of 2013
1D, Emeli Sandé and other artists see a Brit Awards bounce
Emeli Sandé followed her double BRIT Awards triumph Feb. 20 by returning to the top of the album chart yesterday (Sunday) with "Our Version of Events." As many other winners and performers from the ceremony reaped sales benefits, One Direction, recipients of the special Global Success title, scored their third U.K. No. 1 with the fastest-selling single of 2013 so far, the Comic Relief release "One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)."
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Sandé took the Best British Female Artist trophy and won Best British Album for "Events," which then climbed back to the summit to take its rolling U.K. sales to 1.62 million units, according to the Official Charts Company. Mumford & Sons, who won British Group, moved 5-2 with "Babel" and labelmate Ben Howard, who took both the British Male and British Breakthrough categories, raced 48-4 with "Every Kingdom." Howard's album sales rose 583% week-on-week, say the OCC, and Mumford's 98%.
Both Island acts saw new sales for previous singles from those sets, Howard's "Only Love" zooming a spectacular 181 places to No. 9 and Mumford's "I Will Wait" 46-12. Taylor Swift, meanwhile, followed her BRITs performance with a 25-7 climb and 174% sales improvement for "Red," while its single "I Knew You Were Trouble" moved back 12-6.
There were also notable sales improvements for Adele's "Skyfall," back up 39-25 after winning the British Single title; International Male Solo Artist Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange," up 47-19; International Female Solo Artist Lana Del Rey, up 42-31 with "Born To Die"; British Live Act Coldplay's "Mylo Xyloto," 63-52 and International Group the Black Keys' "El Camino," 32-27. One Direction's second album "Take Me Home" climbed 15-14 and its predecessor "Up All Night" 36-29.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' "Push The Sky Away" debuted at No. 3, beating the No. 4 peak of their previous highest-charting U.K. album, 2008's "Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!" Polydor/Universal's "Les Miserables" score album fell 1-5; Paloma Faith's "Fall To Grace" and Alt-J's "An Awesome Wave" (Infectious), both nominated for Best British Album at the BRITs, climbed 19-10 and 33-13 respectively.
Veteran English rocker Joe Cocker's 22nd studio album "Fire It Up," already gold in his commercial stronghold of Germany, debuted at No. 17, some 43 years after his U.K. album chart debut with "Mad Dogs and Englishmen." Unsurprisingly, on the compilation chart, UMTV/Universal's "BRIT Awards 2013" collection rose 3-1.
It was on the singles chart that One Direction had their greatest triumph, with their Comic Relief medley of Blondie's "One Way Or Another" and the Undertones' "Teenage Kicks" selling 113,000 copies last week, the best weekly total of 2013. Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" (Macklemore) featuring Ryan Lewis and Wanz held at No. 2, as did Baauer's "Harlem Shake" at No. 3. Justin Timberlake's performance of "Mirrors" on the BRITs show sent the track racing 28-4, as last week's No. 1, "I Could Be The One" by Avicii featuring Nicky Romero, fell to No. 5.