Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" album (Interscope/Universal) made its expected powerful arrival to the U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), with the biggest first-week sale of the year here of 215,000 units, more than the rest of the top 10 titles combined. "Give Me Everything" (J/Sony Music Entertainment) by Pitbull featuring Nayer, Afrojack and Ne Yo started a second week atop the singles chart.
Lady Gaga's opening U.K. sales narrowly beat Adele's first-week tally of 208,000 for "21" (XL Recordings) in late January. "Born This Way" was joined in the top ten by its predecessor "The Fame," which rose 11-7 and now had U.K. sales of more than 2.5 million copies, according to the Official Charts Company. Gaga also has three singles in the top 20, with "Judas" falling 8-9, the "Born This Way" title track 16-17 and "The Edge of Glory" 6-18. "Hair" fell 13-68.
"21," which had spent 16 of the previous 17 weeks at No. 1, dipped to No. 2, but Adele's previous album "19" held steady at No. 3. The first single from the current album "Rolling In The Deep" moved back 34-26, as the "Glee" Cast version of the track debuted at No. 49.
The new album chart also saw Bruno Mars climb back 5-4 with "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" (Elektra/Warner Music) and the Prodigy posting a No. 5 debut with the live CD and DVD "World's On Fire" (Take Me To The Hospital/Cooking Vinyl). Jessie J's "Who You Are" (Lava/Universal Island) rose 8-6.
There was a No. 12 debut for Rhino/Warner Music's Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons collection "Working My Way Back To You" and a 17-13 climb for Noah & the Whale's "Last Night On Earth." U.S. soul singer Aloe Blacc continued his U.K. progress, as the album "Good Things" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) jumped 26-14 and the single "I Need A Dollar" 4-3. For the seventh straight week, "Now That's What I Call Music! 78" (EMI Virgin/UMTV) topped the compilation chart.
"Give Me Everything" kept its singles chart crown as its predecessor at No. 1, Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song" (Elektra/Warner Music), held tough in runner-up spot. Romanian singer Alexandra Stan rose 14-5 with "Mr. Saxobeat" (3 Beat/All Around The World/Universal), which has already been a substantial hit across much of Europe and beyond.
Snoop Dogg's "Sweat" (Capitol/EMI), which reached No. 4 in April, spent an eighth consecutive week in the top ten by rising 9-7, and Swedish House Mafia's "Save The World" (Virgin/EMI) climbed 11-10. Three major American female stars enjoyed top 20 climbers: "I'm Into You" (Def Jam/Universal) by Jennifer Lopez featuring Lil Wayne improved 21-13, Nicole Scherzinger's "Right There" (Interscope/Universal) 27-15 and Rihanna's "California King Bed" (Def Jam/Universal) 36-20.