Bastille Storms Past Dido, Stereophonics on UK Album Chart

British quartet Bastille followed last week’s No. 2 hit single “Pompeii” (Virgin/EMI/Universal) by outdoing heavyweight album releases by Stereophonics and Dido to debut at No. 1 yesterday (March 10) with their first set “Bad Blood.” Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) started a second week atop the singles chart.

Bastille’s old-fashioned emergence through gigging, airplay and press support has surprised many in the U.K. industry, including the band themselves. “Bad Blood” finished the week 3,000 sales ahead of Emeli Sandé’s “Our Version of Events” (Virgin/Universal) to nudge it down to No. 2. “Pompeii” slipped 2-3 on the singles list.

16 years after their debut album “Word Gets Around” reached No. 6 in the U.K., Welsh rock band Stereophonics scored their eighth top ten album with “Graffiti on the Train” (Stylus/Universal). That sequence includes five No. 1s between 1999 and 2007, but the new album’s No. 3 debut improves on the No. 11 entry and peak for 2009’s “Keep Calm and Carry On.” The band’s current single “Indian Summer” climbed 41-30.

Atlantic/Warner Music’s Bruno Mars had another strong sales week with his U.K. fan base, climbing 5-4 with the “Unorthodox Jukebox” album as its current single “When I Was Your Man” overtook its current No. 3 Billboard Hot 100 ranking with a 7-2 move. Its predecessor “Locked Out of Heaven” also climbed back 25-21 and Mars’ previous album “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” moved back 52-36. His “Moonshine Jungle” tour will play in Europe throughout October and into mid-November. Dido’s much-vaunted return to recording produced a No. 5 debut for the album “Girl Who Got Away” (RCA/Sony). The single “No Freedom” is perfoming only modestly on the singles chart, climbing 69-51.

British pop favorite Olly Murs jumped back 19-7 with his “Right Place Right Time” album (Epic/Syco Music/Sony) and rebounding with the singles “Army of Two” (19-13) and “Troublemaker” featuring Flo Rida (43-37). Murs’ previous album “In Case You Didn’t Know” also improved 45-35.

Birmingham, England-born soul newcomer Laura Mvula, who was nominated for the Critics’ Choice at this year’s BRITS and finished fourth on the BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll, debuted at No. 9 with her first album “Sing to the Moon” (RCA/Sony). Her labelmate Pink’s “The Truth About Love” jumped 21-10, refuelled by the success of another hit single from it, “Just Give Me A Reason” featuring Nate Ruess, which moved 10-4. As the “new” Jimi Hendrix set “People, Hell & Angels” (Legacy/Columbia/Sony) prepares for a major Billboard 200 debut later this week, it took its U.K. bow at No. 39. On the compilation chart, “The Trevor Nelson Collection” (Sony Music) moved 2-1 for a fifth aggregate week at the top.

Timberlake’s “Mirrors” kept its singles crown ahead of Mars’ advance to No. 2, with the highest debut of the week going to “Wizards of Waverly Place” star Bridgit Mendler. Her “Ready or Not” (Hollywood/Universal) started at No. 7. The other major singles chart action was generated by a 25-year-old hit, Fleetwood Mac’s “Everywhere” (WEA/Warner Music), which is currently receiving huge exposure in a commercial for mobile phone company 3, and resulting radio airplay. The track from the band’s 1987 album “Tango In The Night” reached No. 4 in the U.K. early in 1988, and now