Keane Nab Fifth Straight U.K. No. 1
East Sussex melodic rock quartet Keane scored their fifth consecutive No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (13) with "Strangeland." London starlet Rita Ora debuted atop the singles survey with "R.I.P.", which follows her chart-topping guest appearance on DJ Fresh's "Hot Right Now" in February.
Keane's run of bestsellers started with their 2004 debut "Hopes and Fears" and continued with "Under The Iron Sea" in 2006, "Perfect Symmetry" in 2008 and the 2010 E.P. "Night Train," which under OCC rules, qualified for the album chart. "Strangeland" sold close to 48,000 units last week.
Last week's No. 1 debutante, Marina and the Diamonds' "Electra Heart," crashed to No. 13. Emeli Sandé's "Our Version of Events," which debuted at No. 1 just before Christmas, jumped back 8-2 with 18,000 new sales, following her appearance on BBC1's "The Voice," on which she performed "My Kind of Love," itself new on the singles list at No. 27.
Sheffield-born singer-songwriter Richard Hawley achieved a career-best No. 3 debut (and 16,000 sales) with "Standing At The Sky's Edge," as Adele's "21" moved 5-4 and Lana Del Rey's "Born To Die" slipped 2-5.
Rebecca Ferguson's "Heaven" jumped again 13-6 as its total sales nudged past 500,000, and Gotye's "Making Mirrors" 15-8, while the Cribs debuted at No. 9 with "In The Belly of the Brazen Beast." "Now That's What I Call Music 81" tops the compilation chart for a sixth week.
Rita Ora was born in what is now Kosovo in 1990 but grew up in west London. She's currently guesting on DJ Fresh's U.K. tour, which includes a date at Koko in London tomorrow (15), as she completes work on her debut album for Roc Nation. Ora will also support Coldplay on their European tour this summer. The arrival of "R.I.P." at No. 1, with sales of 104,000, relegated last week's chart-topper, Tulisa's "Young," to No. 2.
Climbing the singles top ten were Alex Clare's "Too Close," 5-4, Train's "Drive By," 7-6, Rihanna's "Where Have You Been," 21-8, and Gotye's former No. 1 featuring Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used To Know," 10-9.