Susan Boyle, Rihanna Rise Again on U.K. Charts
Susan Boyle's "Someone To Watch Over Me" became her third straight U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Nov. 13). The Official Charts Company's new data also showed "We Found Love," by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, returning to the summit, where it previously spent three weeks.
Boyle thus makes it three out of three album victories, but with sales suffering the law of diminishing returns. Her 2009 debut "I Dreamed A Dream," which spent its first four weeks at No. 1, opened with 411,000 units sold. Last year's follow-up, "The Gift," had one week at the top, selling an initial 102,000. "Someone" opens with 72,000.
Michael Bublé's "Christmas," which started at No. 3 two weeks ago, rebounded 5-2 on sales of 61,000, while last week's bestseller, Florence + the Machine's "Ceremonials" (Universal Island), dipped to No. 3 with 58,000, following 94,000 the week before. Pop hitmaker Cher Lloyd's first album "Sticks & Stones" debuted at No. 4, while its latest single "With Ur Love," featuring Mike Posner, dipped 4-6.
Another hot singles act, The Wanted, posted a No. 5 start for their sophomore album "Battleground," as Coldplay's "Mylo Xyloto" fell 2-6. "And The Waltz Goes On" by Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra opened at No. 7. Up-and-coming 15-year-old female singer-songwriter Birdy's self-titled debut for 14th Floor/Atlantic/Warner Music arrived at No. 13 and "A Foot in the Door: The Best of Pink Floyd" at No. 14. Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment's "Greatest Hits" set by Simon & Garfunkel came in at No. 16, with their repackaged "Bridge Over Troubled Water" at No. 47. On the compilation chart, "Clubland 20" debuted at No. 1.
The Rihanna single sold a further 79,000 units last week to finish comfortably ahead of pop band JLS' "Take A Chance On Me." A new song, not an Abba cover, its No. 2 debut was fuelled by 67,000 sales. "Earthquake," by Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah, held at No. 3 as Professor Green's "Read All About It," featuring Emeli Sandé, fell to No. 4 after two weeks at the peak.
There were also top ten climbs again for Ed Sheeran's "Lego House," 6-5, and "Without You," by David Guetta featuring Usher, 10-7. British pop favorite Pixie Lott arrived at No. 10 with "What Do You Take Me For," fearuring Pusha T.