A week after Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, became the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of 2013, that record has been broken again — by Thicke himself. The track followed its opening sales of 190,000 by selling close to 199,000 in its second week, reports the Official Charts Company.
Meanwhile, British electronica duo Disclosure’s debut set “Settle” (PMR) overhauled the early-week lead of Queens of the Stone Age’s “Like Clockwork” (Matador) to hit the album summit. “Settle” was challenging QOTSA’s initial supremacy by midweek, with only 50 sales separating the titles by Thursday, and eventually triumphed by a margin of some 7,000.
The OCC is hailing Thicke’s success as the latest sign of a banner period for the singles format. Average weekly sales of the No. 1 single over the past eight weeks have been 150,000, compared to the average throughout 2012 of 106,000. The company also says that the eight consecutive period of six-figure sales marks the first time that has happened without the aid of charity releases since October 1999.