Kings of Leon’s double triumph at the BRIT Awards last week delivered a big sales boost on the new U.K. charts Sunday (Feb. 22). The Hand Me Down/Sony BMG quartet returned to No. 1 with the album “Only By The Night” and, on the singles survey, jumped back 12-3 with “Use
Somebody” and 19-14 with “Sex On Fire.”
"Only By The Night" debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. last September and has never been out of the top ten since. KoL replaced Lily Allen’s “It’s Not Me, It’s You” (Regal/Parlophone/EMI), which fell to No. 2 after debuting at the top last week, but Allen scored a fourth week at No. 1 with the single “The Fear.”
Morrissey’s “Years of Refusal” (Decca/Universal) entered at No. 3, in contrast to the No. 1 debut of its 2006 predecessor “Ringleader of the Tormentors.” Duffy followed her triple victory at the BRITS by almost doubling her weekly sales with “Rockferry” (A&M/Universal), which raced 19-4, one week before its first anniversary on the chart. Elbow reaped the rewards of their best British group award, jumping 23-5 with “The Seldom Seen Kid” (Fiction/Polydor/Universal) in its 43rd week.