Gary Barlow's Jubilee-inspired "Sing" project started a third week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday as Cheryl Cole's "Call My Name" became the market's fastest-selling single of 2012 to date, with first-week sales of 152,000.
The news comes soon after the announcement of Barlow's M.B.E. award in the Queen's Birthday Honors List. "Sing," his album with the Commonwealth Band, sold 28,000 copies last week, according to the Official Charts Company, outdoing Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald by some 1200 units and holding her to a No. 2 entry with "Life In A Beautiful Light." Usher's "Looking 4 Myself" arrived at No. 3, also with just under 27,000 sales and precisely 16 copies behind Macdonald. Its single "Scream" takes a second-week 5-8 dip, but "Climax" opens in the top 75 at No. 62.