Gary Barlow Tops U.K. Charts, Ed Sheeran Storms Back
Take That member Gary Barlow confirmed his expected double victory on the new U.K. sales charts on Sunday (June 10). His Diamond Jubilee-inspired "Sing" project with the Commonwealth Band secured a second week atop the album chart, while the title track raced 11-1 on the singles survey with the biggest weekly track sales of the year of 142,000 units, according to the Official Charts Company. Meanwhile, Adele's "21" dropped out of the top ten for the first time after an unbroken run of 71 weeks.
Massive TV exposure via a BBC1 documentary about the making of the album, plus the collective's performance of the single at last Monday's Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace, helped Barlow and co to the top of both charts. Performances on the show also brought sales hikes for many other participants. Ed Sheeran's quadruple platinum (1.2 million shipments) "+" climbed back 13-2 with its current, fifth single "Small Bump" up 58-25. Previous hits "The A Team" and "Lego House" re-entered the top 75 at Nos. 46 and 67 respectively.
Jessie J was another Jubilee performer to reap a significant sales benefit, with the album "Who You Are" up 20-7 and the singles "Domino" and "Price Tag," the latter featuring B.O.B., up 50-32 and 96-75. Parlophone/EMI's new "Best Of" by Kylie Minogue entered at No. 11 and crossover classical tenor Alfie Boe's 2010 album "Bring Him Home" leapt 159-26, and his current set "Alfie" reappeared at No. 43. The boost even applied to country trio Lady Antebellum, whose "Need You Now," performed by Barlow and Cheryl Cole at the gala, re-entered at No. 22, one place below its May 2010 U.K. peak.
Away from royal-related sales, Paloma Faith's "Fall To Grace" album fell 2-3 as the Bee Gees' "Number Ones" compilation climbed 7-4 and Coldplay's "Mylo Xyloto" 11-5. Its single "Princess of China," featuring Rihanna, vaulted 13-8.
The album chart also contained good news for a number of veteran artists. Paul Simon's augmented reissue of "Graceland" charted at No. 10, a quarter-century after the original had eight non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 in the U.K. "One Day I'm Going To Soar" by Dexys, the widely-acclaimed reunion by the group known in the 1980s as Dexys Midnight Runners, opened at No. 13 and the reunited Beach Boys' "That's Why God Made The Radio" at a healthy No. 15. That's their 30th U.K. top 40 album and their highest position with a new, non-compilation release since "Surf's Up" reached the same plateau in 1971.
"Americana" by Neil Young and Crazy Horse also opened well, at No. 16, while Bob Seger's "Ultimate Hits - Rock and Roll Never Forgets" debuted at No. 30, the Detroit rocker's first U.K. chart showing since a previous "Greatest Hits" started at No. 6 in 1995. But a 10-12 decline ended Adele's incredible 71-week top ten run with "21," which has now sold 4.34 million copies in the U.K.
Also on the new album listing, Alexandra Burke's "Heartache On Hold" started at No. 18 and the Kaiser Chiefs' "Souvenir - The Singles 2004-2012" at No. 19. It's now ten weeks at No. 1 on the compilation chart for "Now That's What I Call Music 81."
Barlow and the Commonwealth Band's race to the top of the singles chart saw it outdo the combined sales of Flo Rida's "Whistle," a new entry at No. 2, and "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae, which dipped 2-3. Last week's new entry at No. 1, "Feel The Love" by Rudimental featuring John Newman, fell to No. 4. Usher's "Scream" came in at No. 5 and "The Power" by DJ Fresh featuring Dizzee Rascal at No. 6.