Gary Barlow of Take That scored an instant U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (June 3) with his Diamond Jubilee-inspired project with the Commonwealth Band, “Sing” (Decca/Universal). East London electronic quartet Rudimental debuted atop the singles chart with their major label debut “Feel The Love” (Black Butter/Asylum/Warner Music), featuring vocalist John Newman.
There were major shake-ups for both charts, with three of the top five singles being new entries and all of the top five albums making their first appearance. Barlow’s project, co-written with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, was released last Monday to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations this extended Bank Holiday weekend in the United Kingdom. It features musicians drawn together from across Her Majesty’s Commonwealth, in a collective led by Gareth Malone and featuring his Military Wives Choir. The title track single from the album also debuted at No. 11.
The “Sing” album moved ahead of the early-week leader on the album chart, Paloma Faith’s “Fall To Grace” (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment), which entered at No. 2, with adult contemporary vocalist Rumer’s sophomore set “Boys Don’t Cry” (Atlantic/Warner Music) at No. 3. Scissor Sisters opened at No. 4 with “Magic Hour” (Polydor/Universal) and classical crossover star Russell Watson’s “Anthems” (Sony Classical/Sony Music Entertainment) at No. 5.
Emeli Sandé’s “Our Version of Events” (Virgin/EMI), which topped the album chart last week, fell to No. 6. There was a No. 8 start for Icelandic trio Sigur Ros with “Valtari” (Parlophone/EMI), as Rihanna’s “Talk That Talk” (Def Jam/Universal) climbed 12-9. Adele’s “21” (XL Recordings) fell 3-10, its lowest position since starting its incredible chart life in February 2011. “Now That’s What I Call Music 81” (EMI TV/Universal Music TV) started a ninth consecutive week at No. 1 on the compilation chart.
Rudimental’s drum & bass track “Feel The Love” takes the group from Hackney, east London, straight to the top of the singles survey. Last week’s No. 1, “We Are Young” (Fueled By Ramen) by fun. featuring Janelle Monae, fell a place, as Loreen’s “Euphoria” (Warner Bros./Warner Music), which won the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden May 26 in Bacu, Azerbaijan, raced into the top 75 at No. 3.
Universal/Island newcomers Lawson logged a No. 4 debut with “When She Was Mine” (Polydor/Universal), as Carly Rae Jepsen’s former No. 1 “Call Me Maybe” (Interscope/Universal) fell 3-5. The Wanted’s “Chasing The Sun” (Global Talent/Universal), in runner-up spot last week, fell to No. 10.