The Script Beats Barbra Streisand To U.K. No. 1

The Script performs for the Tastemakers series at Mophonics in New York.

Dublin pop-rock trio the Script have made it three U.K. No. 1s from four albums, after their new set No Sound Without Silence debuted at the top yesterday (Sept. 21). On the singles chart, British drum ‘n’ bass duo Sigma achieved their second No. 1 single with “Changing” (3 Beat/All Around The World), featuring Paloma Faith

The Script topped the U.K. bestsellers with their self-titled debut album in 2008 and the 2010 follow-up Science & Faith. 2012’s #3 stopped in runner-up spot, but the new release restored their fortunes, and in the process prevented Barbra Streisand’s duets album Partners (Columbia/Sony) from making a winning start. That came in at No. 2 as Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal) fell from the summit to No. 3. 

There was a No. 4 start for Chris Brown’s sixth album X (RCA/Sony), not to be confused with Ed Sheeran’s Asylum/Warner Music set of the same name, which dipped 3-5. World On Fire (Roadrunner) by Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators arrived at No. 7, Train’s Bulletproof Picasso (Columbia/Sony) is at No. 9 and Catfish & the Bottlemen, the British rock quartet formed in North Wales, is at No. 10 with their debut album for Universal Island, The Balcony. There’s a new No. 1 on the compilation chart, where Keep Calm and Chillout (Sony Music CG) climbed 2-1 to end the eight-week reign of Now That’s What I Call Music! 88 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal).

Sigma previously topped the British singles chart in April with “Nobody To Love,” and have become the first act this year with a sales figure of over 100,000 for two singles in a row with “Changing.” It’s also a first No. 1 single for Faith after three previous top ten hits in her own right. 

Last week’s new entry at the top, Calvin Harris’ “Blame” (Columbia/Sony), featuring John Newman, fell to No. 2, and the previous week’s bestseller, Lilly Wood and Robin Schulz’s “Prayer In C” (Atlantic/Warner Music), to No. 3.

British rapper Professor Green opened at No. 4 with “Lullaby” (Virgin/Universal), which features “American Idol” star Tori Kelly. Breakthrough U.K. singer-songwriter George Ezra has another top ten hit on his hands, “Blame It On Me” (Columbia/Sony), which is climbing 20-10 as its predecessor, “Budapest,” rebounded 19-11.