Ellie Goulding's 'Burn' Ablaze with U.K. No. 1

Dana Loftus
Ellie Goulding performs during Lollapalooza 2013 in Chicago, IL

British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding scored her first U.K. No. 1 single on Sunday (Aug. 18), debuting at the summit with “Burn” (Polydor/Universal).

The Official Charts Company’s latest data also showed brothers Richard & Adam’s “The Impossible Dream” (Sony Music CG) starting a third week atop the album chart to equal the longest consecutive run at No. 1 on that survey in the U.K. this year, matching Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” (RCA/Sony).

“Burn” sold 117,000 copies in the sales week to Saturday night, according to the OCC. Goulding’s previous best showing as a lead artist was with the No. 2 peak of her Elton John cover “Your Song” in 2010. The new track will feature on the upcoming deluxe edition of her current “Halcyon” album; the current version rose 26-19 yesterday, in its 45th chart week.

Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” (Positiva/PRMD) held at No. 2 on the new singles chart on 77,000 new new sales, as last week’s new entry at the top, Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” (RCA/Sony), fell to No. 3. “Summertime Sadness” (Polydor/Universal) by Lana Del Rey vs. Cedric Gervais held at No. 4.

The next of three more top ten newcomers arrived at No. 5 despite only being on rush-release since last Tuesday afternoon, following its online leak: Lady Gaga’s “Applause” (Interscope/Universal) sold 38,000 units during that period and swiftly follows Gaga’s “Bad Romance” becoming the 138th million-seller in U.K. chart history last week.

Arctic Monkeys’ “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High” (Domino), from their forthcoming “AM” album, arrived at No. 8. That follows the recent No. 11 peak of its predecessor “Do I Wanna Know” and although the new single is the band’s 12th top 40 hit, it’s the first to make the top ten since 2007’s No. 5 hit “Fluorescent Adolescent.” Meanwhile, pop outfit the Wanted achieved their ninth top ten hit with “We Own The Night” (Global Talent/Universal), at No. 10.

Richard & Adam Johnson’s continuing success on the artist album chart came as Rudimental’s “Home” (Asylum/Warner Music) rebounded 7-2 and Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” (Interscope/Universal) held at No. 3. British rock trio White Lies came in at No. 4 with their third album “Big TV” (Fiction/Universal), following their No. 1 start with “To Lose My Life” in 2009 and the No. 3 peak of “Ritual” two years later.

Scottish DJ-artist Calvin Harris climbed back 15-8 with “Eighteen Months” (Columbia/Sony) and Rod Stewart’s “Time” (Capitol/Decca/Universal), which was certified platinum last week for 300,000 U.K. shipments, improved 10-9. Kodaline’s “In A Perfect World” (B-Unique/RCA/Sony) jumped 40-10. On the compilation chart, “Now That’s What I Call Music! 85” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) started a fourth week at No. 1.