Scottish producer-artist Calvin Harris’ “18 Months” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), which debuted atop the U.K. album chart in November, returned to the summit yesterday (Sunday) with a 7-1 climb. Emeli Sandé’s “Our Version Of Events” (Virgin/EMI), which fell to second place, nevertheless claimed another record, for the most consecutive weeks in the U.K. top ten for a debut solo artist album from its point of release, with 47. James Arthur’s “Impossible” (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment) continued to top the singles chart.
“18 Months” is now in its tenth week on the album survey and Harris climbed back into the top 20 of the new singles chart with two tracks from it. “Drinking From The Bottle,” featuring Tinie Tempah, jumped from No. 43 to a new peak of No. 15, while the former No. 1 “Sweet Nothing,” featuring Florence Welch, rebounded 25-18.
Sande’s album now has total U.K. sales of 1.43 million units, according to the Official Charts Company. Its unbroken 47-week run in the top ten has only once been bettered by any debut album, when the Beatles’ “Please Please Me” racked up 62 straight weeks in 1963 and 1964.
Much of this week’s album chart activity was prompted by (r)etail discounting of existing big sellers. Ed Sheeran’s “+” (Asylum/Warner Music) thus rose 13-3, Jake Bugg’s self-titled Mercury/Universal debut 16-4 and Rita Ora’s “Ora” (Roc Nation/Columbia) 8-6. fun. climbed 18-10 with “Some Nights” (Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic/Warner Music). “Now! That’s What I Call Music 83” (EMI TV/Universal Music TV) leads the compilation chart for a seventh consecutive week.
James Arthur’s second straight week at the singles summit adds to the one he enjoyed before Christmas with “Impossible.” Weekly sales of 74,000 took its running sales total to 970,000 copies. “Scream & Shout” (Interscope/Universal) by will.i.am featuring Britney Spears and Psy’s “Gangnam Style” (Universal Island) held at Nos. 2 and 3 in a chart with few significant climbers. Bruno Mars climbed 6-4 with “Locked Out Of Heaven” from the “Unorthodox Jukebox” album (Atlantic/Warner Music), which held at No. 5, and Taylor Swift climbed 7-5 with “I Knew You Were Trouble” (Mercury/Universal).
“Stay” (Def Jam/Universal) by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko improved 12-7 after reachign No. 4 two weeks ago, and Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child” (Virgin/EMI), featuring John Martin, was up 11-9. Outside the top 40, there was sales action for two rising artists who achieved critical recognition last week: Polydor/Universal’s American sisters Haim made their top 75 debut at No. 51 with “Don’t Save Me” after winning the BBC’s Sound of 2013 tastemaker poll, and Columbia/Sony’s Tom Odell at No. 56 with “Another Love” following the announcement that he will be the recipient of the Critics’ Choice title at next month’s 2013 BRIT Awards.