Muse Score Third U.K. No. 1 Album
Muse notched their third U.K. No. 1 album and Taio Cruz his first bestselling single as an artist, as the new sales charts were unveiled Sunday (Sept. 20) by the Official Charts Company.
Muse's "The Resistance" (Helium 3/Warner Bros.) followed the band's previous chart-toppers "Absolution" (2003) and "Black Holes and Revelations" (2006). The new release outsold the next three titles on the chart combined, and Warner Bros. puts Muse's career album sales worldwide at eight million.
"The Resistance" relegated last week's record-breaking No. 1, "We'll Meet Again - The Very Best of Vera Lynn" (Decca/Universal), into runner-up spot, with U.K.-based pop singer Peter Andre's "Revelation" (Conehead) new at No. 3 and Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 3" (Roc Nation/Atlantic/Warner Music) at No. 4.
There were also top ten arrivals for two British mainstays, David Gray at No. 5 with his Polydor/Universal debut "Draw The Line," and Mark Knopfler with "Get Lucky" (Vertigo/Universal) at No. 9. It's Gray's fifth U.K. top ten album, as it is for Knopfler as a solo artist. Pixie Lott's debut album "Turn It Up" (Mercury/Universal), started at No. 6.
All of the Beatles' Apple/EMI remasters in last week's top 40 were in decline, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" falling 5-13, "Abbey Road" 6-14, "Revolver" 9-17, "Rubber Soul" 10-19, "The Beatles" (aka "The White Album) 21-32 and "Help" 29-39.
26-year-old London R&B artist Taio Cruz hit No. 5 with his previous biggest hit, "Come On Girl," in March last year. His new No. 1 "Break Your Heart" (Island/Universal) is from his upcoming second album "Rokstarr." Cruz has already had a chart-topper as a writer, and only recently, having penned "Never Leave You" for Tinchy Stryder featuring Amelle, a U.K. No. 1 last month.
Madonna's "Celebration" (Warner Bros.) was a new entry yesterday at No. 3, as Shakira's "She Wolf" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) climbed 25-5. Last week's new entry at No. 1, Lott's "Boys and Girls," fell to No. 6. The other new titles in the top 20 were Paramore's "Ignorance" (Fueled By Ramen) at No. 14 and "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys at No. 15.
French DJ-artist David Guetta pulled off a double on Billboard's composite European charts, rising 2-1 on European Top 100 Albums with "One Love" and starting a second week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "Sexy Chick" (Gum/Positiva/Virgin/EMI), featuring Akon.