Calvin Harris' 'Summer' Sizzles On U.K. Singles Chart, Paolo Nutini Continues Albums Streak

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Calvin Harris performs at the 2013 Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, LA. 

Calvin Harris scored his fourth U.K. No. 1 single as a lead artist, and sixth overall, yesterday (May 4) as “Summer” (Columbia/Sony) went straight to the top.  Paolo Nutini, meanwhile, started a third straight week at the album summit “Caustic Love” (Atlantic/Warner Music), beating off the challenge of Damon Albarn’s solo debut “Everyday Robots” (Parlophone/Warner Music). 

Harris’ first appearance on a U.K. chart-topper came when he featured with Chrome on Dizzee Rascal’s 2008 success “Dance Wiv Me.” His first bestseller in his own name came the following year with “I’m Not Alone.” In 2011 he guested on Rihanna’s “We Found Love;” in 2012 he hit the summit with “Sweet Nothing,” featuring Florence Welch, and last year brought another No. 1 in “Under Control,” featuring Alesso and Hurts.

The Official Charts Company reports that “Summer” finished the chart week almost 7,000 sales ahead of last week’s new entry at the top, Mr. Probz’ “Waves” (Left Lane Recordings). The singles that achieved that feat in the two previous weeks, Kiesza’s “Hideaway” (Lokal Legend/Virgin/Universal) and Sigma’s “Nobody To Love” (3 Beat/All Around The World/Universal), dipped 2-3 and 3-4 respectively. John Legend’s “All Of Me” (Columbia/Sony) and “Take Me Home” (ffrr/Parlophone/ Warner Music) by Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha each fell a place at Nos. 5 and 6. 

Tove Lo’s “Stay High” (Polydor/Universal) improved 9-7 and there were two climbers into the top ten: Igga Azalea’s “Fancy” (EMI/Universal), featuring Charli XCX, moved back 11-9 after reaching No. 5 three weeks ago, while “Loyal” (RCA/Sony) by Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga jumped 15-10.

Nutini’s album moved to total sales in three weeks of 198,000, with Albarn’s “Everyday Robots” debuting in runner-up spot and Irish rock ‘n’ roll-inspired singer Imelda May enjoying easily her best debut week as her third album “Tribal” (Decca/Universal) opened at No. 3. Longtime modern rock favorites Embrace’s self-titled set on Cooking Vinyl arrived at No. 5. 

The Pixies’ reunion album “Indie Cindy” (Pixies Music) opened at No. 6, making its full appearance after a first release on vinyl for Record Store Day two weeks previously. “Now That’s What I Call Music! 87” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) is in a fourth week atop the compilation chart.