Kings of Leon’s 'Mechanical Bull' Rides to Peak of U.K. Chart, Drake Opens at No. 2

Kings of Leon’s “Mechanical Bull” (RCA/Sony) sold 71,000 copies in the U.K. last week to become their fourth No. 1 album in the territory, according to the Official Charts Company. The new singles chart, also published yesterday (Sept. 29), showed Jason Derulo starting a second week at the summit with “Talk Dirty” (Warner Bros./Warner Music), featuring 2 Chainz.

After reaching No. 3 with each of their first two albums, Kings of Leon have now topped the U.K. chart with each of their last four, starting with 2007’s “Because of the Times” and continuing with “Only By The Night” in 2009 and “Come Around Sundown” in 2010. The current single from the new set, “Supersoaker,” rebounded 68-37 in the new data.

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It was also a stellar week for Canadian hip-hop figurehead Drake, whose “Nothing Was The Same” (Cash Money/Republic/Island) sold 61,000 for a No. 2 entry, as he strengthened his presence on the singles list. “Hold On We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan, climbed again 7-4; Drake now has three more titles in the 41-75 section of the chart and three more between 76 and 100.

An all-new album top three was completed by Jessie J’s “Alive” (Lava/Republic/Island). She fell 3-9 on the singles chart with “It’s My Party” but debuted at No. 22 with “Sexy Lady.” After two weeks at No. 1, Arctic Monkeys’ “AM” (Domino) fell to No. 4, while Jason Derulo’s “Tattoos” started at No. 5.

There were top ten debuts for English singer-songwriter Birdy’s sophomore album “Fire Within” (14th Floor/Atlantic/Warner Music) at No. 8 and Scottish trio Chvrches’ “The Bones of What You Believe” (Virgin/Universal) at No. 9. Sting’s new release “The Last Ship” (Cherrytree/Universal) debuted outside the top ten, at No. 14, with Dream Theater’s eponymous Roadrunner album at No. 15. “Now That’s What I Call Music! 85” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) is into its tenth week at the top of the compilation chart.

Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” continued its singles chart reign ahead of its predecessor at No. 1, Katy Perry’s “Roar” (Virgin/Universal), which held at No. 2. OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” (Interscope/Universal), which fell 2-4 last week, moved back to No. 3. “Same Love” (Macklemore) by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, featuring Mary Lambert, climbed 9-6 and deep house DJ-producer Ben Pearce’s “What I Might Do” (Mercury/Universal) 13-7.