Bruno Mars Earns Second U.K. No. 1 with 'Grenade'
Bruno Mars won his second solo U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Sunday) with "Grenade" (Elektra//Warner Music), recording the highest sales total for a January release in the market for 15 years.
"Grenade" sold close to 150,000 units last week, according to the Official Charts Company, to record the highest weekly sale in the first month of the year since Babylon Zoo's"Spaceman" sold 383,000 copies in January, 1996. Mars first topped the U.K. chart last October with "Just The Way You Are (Amazing)," which held sway for two non-consecutive weeks.
Jessie J, the winner of the Critics' Choice title at next month's BRIT Awards, climbed 5-2 on the singles chart with "Do It Like A Dude" (Lava/Universal Island). David Guetta's "Who's That Chick" (Positiva/EMI), featuring Rihanna, climbed 10-6, as Adele's 2008 single "Make You Feel My Love" (XL Recordings) jumped again 27-7, and her first album "19" moved 20-6, just as her new single "Rolling in the Deep" is released today (17). Her sophomore album "21" follows Jan. 24. There was also a No. 10 debut for pop quartet JLS' new release "Eyes Wide Shut" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment).
"Loud" stayed at the album summit as Plan B's "The Defamation of Strickland Banks" (679/Atlantic/Warner Music) remained at No. 2. Cee Lo Green's "The Ladykiller" (Warner Bros./Warner Music) and Rumer's "Seasons of My Soul" (Atlantic/Warner Music) climbed 4-3 and 6-4 respectively. Ellie Goulding's "Lights" (Polydor/Universal Music) improved 8-7 and "Eliza Doolittle" (Parlophone/EMI) 11-9. Scottish artist Emma Gillespie, known on record as Emma's Imagination, debuted at No. 14 with her eponymous album for Take That songwriter Gary Barlow's Future label, via Polydor/Universal.