Lana Del Rey Tops U.K. Chart, Leaping Over Adele in 2012 Sales
As Lana Del Rey's "Born To Die" started a second week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday, Belgian Australian Gotye climbed 3-1 on the singles survey with "Somebody That I Used To Know," featuring Kimbra.
As Del Rey's title track dipped 9-10 and previous single "Video Games" moved back 22-17, her debut album added 60,000 new sales to its opening 117,000 to give it a year-so-far tally of 176,770 making it 2012's top selling U.K. album 2012 ahead of Adele's "21" 135,897.
Del Rey's also topped album chart new entries by Maverick Sabre and Paul McCartney. 21-year-old, London-born singer-rapper Sabre opened at No. 2 with his first album "Lonely Are The Brave," on 44,000 sales, while McCartney's "Kisses On The Bottom" arrived at No. 3, selling 23,000. That compares to an opening 21,000 for 2007's "Memory Almost Full," and the new set is McCartney's highest-charting U.K. album since "Flaming Pie" reached No. 2.
There was a No. 6 start for Van Halen's reunion set with David Lee Roth, "A Different Kind of Truth," and climbs into the top 20 for Rebecca Ferguson's "Heaven," 28-16, and the Black Keys' "El Camino," 22-17. Former "X Factor" contestant Ferguson's album debuted at No. 3 shortly before Christmas, while "El Camino" is the Black Keys' first visit to the U.K. top 20.
The Mark Lanegan Band's "Blues Funeral" debuted at No. 21 and there was a posthumous 47-22 climb for "At Last - The Best of Etta James." "Be My Baby" is in a third week at No. 1 on the compilation chart.
Gotye's single has made a steady climb to the singles summit, first appearing in the top 100 of the survey at No. 97 last month, climbing to No. 36, No. 21, No. 7 and No. 3. It sold 83,000 units to overhaul last week's chart-topper, "Titanium" by David Guetta featuring Sia, which fell to No. 2 on 81,000.
"T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)" by will.i.am featuring Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez arrived at No. 3, representing Jagger's first appearance in the U.K. top ten since his charity cover of "Dancing In The Streets" with David Bowie topped the chart in 1985. Guetta's "Turn Me On," featuring Nicki Minaj, climbed 33-11, while Madonna's "Give Me All Your Luvin'", on which Minaj and M.I.A. guest, entered at No. 37.