In a nailbiting finish, Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé kept bluesman Joe Bonamassa from a notable first U.K. No. 1 album, as the Official Charts Company’s new sales data was unveiled Sunday (May 27). “We Are Young” (Fueled By Ramen) by fun. featuring Janelle Monae finally reached the singles chart summit, in its seventh week.
Sandé’s “Our Version of Events” (Virgin/EMI) climbed 3-1 for its third separate stint at the top, having debuted at No. 1 in February and returned there two weeks later. It’s been in the top ten for all of its 15-week run. It finally nudged past Bonamassa’s “Driving Towards The Daylight” (Provogue), which had led the way for most of the week, by fewer than 100 sales. But “Daylight” still posted a career-best No. 2 debut for the blues artist, outranking 2011’s “Dust Bowl,” which peaked at No. 12. Bonamassa today (Monday) announced four London shows for March 13, for which tickets go on sale on Friday (1).
Adele moved back 4-3 with “21” (XL Recordings) as John Mayer arrived at No. 4 with “Born and Raised” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). That’s another best-ever ranking and first U.K. top tenner for Mayer, whose previous best was a No. 35 peak for 2009’s “Battle Studies.”
The death of Robin Gibb prompted expanding sales for the Bee Gees’ catalog, with “Number Ones” (Polydor/Universal) racing 34-5, a new high for a compilation that previously reached No. 7 on its 2004 release. Reprise/Warner Music’s 2009 “The Ultimate Bee Gees” reappeared at No. 35. Keane’s “Strangeland” (Universal Isand) fell to No. 6 after two weeks at the chart peak.
Fun.’s banner week in the U.K. market also saw their “Some Nights” album debut at No. 7, just ahead of Tom Jones’ “Spirit in the Room” (Universal Island) at No. 8. Jones, currently a judge on BBC1’s “The Voice” talent series, thus extends his span of top ten U.K. chart albums to 45 years, since “Green Green Grass of Home” reached No. 3 in 1967.
Also new inside the top ten was the Enemy’s “Streets in the Sky” (Cooking Vinyl) at No. 9, which follows 2007’s No. 1 debut “We’ll Live and Die In These Towns” and the No. 2 sequel “Music For The People” in 2009. There were top 20 debuts for former Blue Nile vocalist Paul Buchanan’s “Mid Air” (Newsroom) at No. 14, The Temper Trap’s eponymous album for Infectious Music at No. 17 and longtime rockers the Cult’s “Choice of Weapon” (Cooking Vinyl) at No. 20. On the compilation chart, it’s now eight unbroken weeks at the top for “Now That’s What I Call Music 81” (EMI TV/Universal Music TV).
“We Are Young” made its final move to the top of the singles chart by keeping the Wanted’s current U.S. single “Chasing The Sun” (Global Talent/Universal), to a No. 2 entry. “Young” has now sold 431,000 units in the U.K., according to the OCC. Carly Rae Jepsen’s former No. 1 “Call Me Maybe” (Interscope/Universal) started a third week at No. 3 as “R.I.P.” (Roc Nation/Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) by Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah fell to No. 4 after two weeks at the summit.
Paloma Faith’s “Picking Up The Pieces” (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) opened at No. 7, from her “Fall To Grace” album which is released today (28), and “Dance Again” (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) by Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull at No. 11.