Sunday’s new U.K. sales data from the Official Charts Company showed a second week atop the album chart for Keane’s “Strangeland” (Universal Isand) and on the singles survey for “R.I.P.” (Roc Nation/Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) by Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah. The album top ten included debuts for Tenacious D, Ren Harvieu and Garbage.
Keane, Rita Ora Top U.K. Music Charts
With their fifth consecutive No. 1 on the album listing, Keane thus take their career total of weeks at the summit to 11. 2004’s “Hopes and Fears” notched a total of five weeks there, of which the first two were consecutive; “Under The Iron Sea” also spent two weeks at No. 1 2006, then “Perfect Symmetry” (2008) and the 2010 E.P. “Night Train” just one week apiece. “Strangeland” sold just under 20,000 to extend its reign last week, for a two-week total of 67,000.
With a No. 2 debut, “Rise of the Fenix” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) is easily Tenacious D’s highest chart performance in the U.K. to date. Jack Black and Kyle Gass’ comedy-rock band reached No. 38 with their 2002 debut, and No. 10 with the 2006 follow-up “The Pick of Destiny.” The new set debuted with just under 16,000 sales, according to the OCC.
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With Emeli Sandé’s “Our Version of Events” (Virgin/EMI) down 2-3 and Adele’s “21” (XL Recordings) steady at No. 4, there was a strong No. 5 debut for Harvieu’s first album “Through The Night” (Universal Island), which comes ahead of any significant singles chart action for the emerging Manchester vocalist. Her Island labelmate Ben Howard also posts an excellent week, climbing 21-6 with his debut set “Every Kingdom.” Howard, born in west London, signed to Island last year and charted at No. 7 with the album last year, but this is its first return to the top ten. The single “Only Love” makes its top 75 debut at No. 37 this week.
Gotye’s “Making Mirrors” (Universal Island) climbed again, 8-7, with Ed Sheeran’s “+” (Asylum/Warner Music) up 11-8 and Rebecca Ferguson down 6-9 with “Heaven” (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment). Garbage made a No. 10 start with “Not Your Kind of People” (Stun Volume), their fifth consecutive top ten studio album (although the 20007 compilation “Absolute” peaked at No. 11).
Also new in the top 20 were “Bloom” (Bella Union) by Beach House at No. 15 and the “Glee” Cast’s “Graduation Album” (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) at No. 17. On the compilation chart, “Now That’s What I Call Music 81” (EMI TV/Universal Music TV) leads the way for a seventh week.
Rita Ora’s “R.I.P.” rules the singles market with 57,000 new sales, less than 1,000 units ahead of a 5-2 rebound for “We Are Young” (Fueled By Ramen) by fun. featuring Janelle Monae. Carly Rae Jepsen’s former No. 1 “Call Me Maybe” (Interscope/Universal) held at No. 3. There was an 8-6 climb for Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been” (Def Jam/Universal) and new entries for pop girl band the Saturdays’ “30 Days” (Polydor/Universal) at No. 7 and “Oliver Twist” (Mercury/Universal) by Nigerian atist D’Banj at No. 9.