Brandon Flowers' solo album "Flamingo" (Vertigo/Universal) made a No. 1 debut on the new U.K. sales charts. Former "X Factor" winner Alexandra Burke landed a third No. 1 single with "Start Without You" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring U.S. rapper Laza Morgan.
Flowers has three previous U.K. No. 1 albums to his name as frontman with the Killers, who hit the top with "Hot Fuss" (2004), "Sam's Town" in 2006 and "Day & Age" (2008). The new solo set started at the summit on the new Official Charts Co listing last night (Sept. 12) by outselling last week's champion, Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" (Virgin/EMI), by two to one, according to the Official Charts Company.
Perry fell 1-2 as "xx" (Young Turks/XL Recordings) by the xx followed its victory at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Sep. 7 by racing 16-3 in its 27th chart week. It is a new peak for the alt-rock/electronic London trio, which moved 29,000 copies last week and hit a sales total of 213,000.