There was a double triumph for east London artists on the Official Charts Company's new U.K. sales charts, published Sunday (May 2). Grime collective Roll Deep debuted atop the singles survey with "Good Time" (Relentless/Virgin/EMI), featuring Jodie Connor, while rapper/singer Plan B returned to No. 1 on the album chart with "The Defamation of Strickland Banks" (679/Atlantic/Warner Music).
Roll Deep were formed as long ago as 2002, and they made their U.K. chart debut in 2005, when "The Avenue" reached No. 11. The follow-up, "Shake A Leg," peaked at No. 24 and the album "In At The Deep End" debuted at No. 50 in a four-week chart run. Two subsequent albums failed to make the top 75 album survey. The Roll Deep collective has at times included subsequent solo stars Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder, and founder member Wiley has had notable U.K. chart success of his own, notably with the No. 2 hit "Wearing My Rolex" in 2008.
The former No. 1 "Omg" (LaFace/Sony Music Entertainment) by Usher featuring will.i.am held at No. 2 on the new listing, as Plan B's "She Said" moved back 4-3 and last week's bestseller, Diana Vickers' "Once" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment), fell to No. 4.