In the battle of the big new American album releases on the new U.K. charts, the Killers’ “Battle Born” (Vertigo/Universal) became their fourth No. 1 album in the territory, outdoing Pink’s “The Truth About Love” (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment), which debuted at No. 2. The Script’s “Hall of Fame” (Phonogenic/Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring will.i.am, started a second week atop the singles chart.
The Killers’ album sold 94,000 units last week, according to the Official Charts Company, to become the third-fastest seller of 2012 behind Lana Del Rey’s “Born To Die” (Polydor/Universal) and Emeli Sandé’s “Our Version Of Events” (Virgin/EMI). “Battle Born” follows the Killers’ “Hot Fuss” (2004), “Sam’s Town'” (2006) and “Day & Age” (2008) to No. 1 in the U.K.
The Pink album sold close to 80,000 copies for a runner-up finish on the new survey. The Script’s “#3” slipped 2-3 as last week’s No. 1, The xx’s “Coexist” (Young Turks), fell to No. 4. The other new top ten entries of the week were Michael Jackson’s 25th anniversary edition of “Bad” (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) at No. 6 and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Kiss” (Interscope/Universal) at No. 9. On the compilation chart, “Now! That’s What I Call Music 82” (EMI TV/Universal Music TV) outsold all the competition for a ninth straight week.
The Script’s single stayed ahead in the singles race despite a No. 2 debut for south London rapper Example’s latest hit “Say Nothing” (Ministry of Sound). There was a late challenge from YouTube sensation and K-pop star PSY’s “Gangnam Style” (Universal Island), which raced 37-3 after a steady climb over the past month. The offical video for the track had amassed 262 million views by this morning.
Taylor Swift climbed again, 7-6, with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (Mercury/Universal), and the next highest entry on the singles chart was “Good Intentions” (All Around The World/Universal Island) by Dappy, of hip-hop collective N-Dubz, at No. 12.