Dutch retro-pop star Caro Emerald achieved her first No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (May 12), debuting at the top with her sophomore set “The Shocking Miss Emerald” (Grandmono/Dramatico). Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) featuring Pharrell Williams sold another 123,000 downloads to start a third week at the singles summit.
Emerald’s 2010 debut album “Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor” has now sold 410,000 copies in the U.K., according to the Official Charts Company, while Dramatico adds that its total European sales are now more than 1.3 million. That album spent 30 weeks at No. 1 in Holland, where the new set also debuted at No. 1 this week.
With 34,000 sales, “The Shocking Miss Emerald” finished some 3,000 ahead of last week’s bestselling artist album, Rudimental’s “Home” (Asylum/Warner Music). That fell to No. 2 as actor turned blues evangelist Hugh Laurie’s second album “Didn’t It Rain” (Warner Music Entertainment), the follow-up to 2011’s “Let Them Talk,” arrived at No. 3.