'Glastonbury Effect' Lifts Mumford & Sons to UK Chart Summit

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Mumford & Sons perform at the Glastonbury Festival

The “Glastonbury effect” shot closing night headliners Mumford & Sons back to the top of the new U.K. album chart on Sunday, also boosting sales for bill-toppers the Rolling Stones and Arctic Monkeys.

On the singles chart, John Newman, the Yorkshire-born vocalist on Rudimental’s massive “Feel The Love” hit, got his solo career off to the perfect start, debuting at No. 1 with “Love Me Again” (Universal Island).

Mumford & Sons’ sophomore album “Babel” (Gentlemen Of The Road/Universal Island) moved back 16-1 after their June 30 Glastonbury appearance, giving the Island label double chart-topping success in the new sales data. “Babel” had  debuted at the summit last October; its single “I Will Wait,” which originally peaked at No. 12, raced 86-31 yesterday, while the modern folk band’s first album “Sigh No More” was also reinvigorated, climbing 37-12.

“Babel” regained the top spot by the narrowest of margins, finishing the week fewer than 150 sales ahead of Michael Bublé’s “To Be Loved” (Reprise/Warner Music), which moved 4-2. Last week’s new entry at No. 1, Tom Odell’s “Long Way Down” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), fell to No. 3.

British rock band Editors made it four top tens from four studio albums as “The Weight of Your Love” (Play It Again Sam) arrived at No. 6. The Birmingham group’s first release “The Back Room” reached No. 2 in 2005 and was followed by the consecutive No. 1s “An End Has A Start” (2007) and “In This Light and On This Evening” (2009).

The sales benefit for Arctic Monkeys after their Glastonbury headliner applied chiefly to their 2006 debut album “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” (Domino). After soaring 180-32 last week, when there was one day of the sales frame left after their performance, it continued its progress, to No. 15. The 2007 follow-up “Favourite Worst Nightmare” climbed 62-40, 2009’s “Humbug” 84-44 and 2011’s “Suck It and See” 131-84.

The Rolling Stones’ Glastonbury debut June 29 helped last year’s 50th anniversary “GRRR!” compilation (Polydor/Universal) jump 49-20, while the previous “Jump Back” collection, also now on Polydor, moved 93-76. Meanwhile, the compilation chart welcomed a new entry at No. 1, “Chilled R&B — The Platinum Edition” (Sony Music CG).

Newman’s single sold 125,000 units to debut atop the singles chart, marking the 12th straight week that the bestseller of the week has enjoyed six-figure sales, according to the Official Charts Company. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, held at No. 2, with Icona Pop’s “I Love It” (Atlantic/Warner Music), featuring Charlie XIX, which arrived at No. 1 last week, fell two places.

Gabz, otherwise known as “Britain’s Got Talent” finalist Gabrielle Gardiner, debuted at No. 6 with her first single for Sony, “Lighters (The One).” “Lost & Not Found” (Mercury/Universal) by electronic duo Chase & Status featuring vocalist Louis M^ttrs climbed 15-9.


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