The U.K. has officially been overtaken by Kings Of Leon mania, as the quartet’s single “Sex on Fire” started a third week atop the singles chart, while their fourth album, “Only by the Night,” debuted at No. 1 with impressive first-week sales of 220,000 units, according to the Official Charts Company.
KoL’s first two albums, “Youth and Young Manhood” in 2003 and the following year’s “Aha Shake Heartbreak,” both peaked at No. 3. Their third set, “Because of the Times,” became their first U.K. No. 1 in April last year, but with nothing like the sales impact of the new album, selling some 70,000 units out of the box. Rihanna’s “Good Girl Gone Bad” (Def Jam) climbed again 3-2 on the album chart and Duffy’s “Rockferry” (A&M) 4-3.
There were four new entries in the top 10, led by the Pussycat Dolls’ “Doll Domination” (Interscope) at No. 4. Bette Midler’s “The Best Bette” (Rhino) arrived at No. 6, her best showing since the previous compilation “Experience the Divine” reached No. 3 some 15 years ago.
McFly’s “Radio:Active” (Super), the pop band’s enhanced retail version of the album given away free with the Mail On Sunday newspaper in July, entered at No. 8. David Gilmour’s “Live In Gdansk” (EMI) came in at No. 10, while Katy Perry’s “One of the Boys” (Virgin), containing the former No. 1 single “I Kissed a Girl,” started at No. 11.
That single held at No. 2 again behind “Sex on Fire,” as Rihanna’s “Disturbia” climbed 5-3. Californian quintet Iglu & Hartly’s “In This City” (Mercury) rose 14-5 as British singer/songwriter James Morrison’s “You Make It Real” (Polydor) started at No. 7. It’s the lead single from his sophomore album “Songs for You, Truths For Me,” out in the U.K. tomorrow as the follow-up to “Undiscovered,” which sold three million copies worldwide, according to the label.
Chart perennials Sugababes returned at No. 8 with “Girls” (Universal Island), the first single from their sixth studio album, “Catfights and Spotlights,” which follows on Oct. 20. The final top 10 entry was actually the reappearance of an old hit. Faith Hill’s “There You’ll Be,” which in 2001 became her biggest U.K. hit when it reached No.3, re-entered at No. 10 after being performed Sept. 20 by 18-year-old “X-Factor” contestant Amy Connolly.
“I Kissed a Girl” has extended its run at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles to seven weeks, while Metallica’s “Death Magnetic” (Vertigo/Universal) marked its first full week of release by winning a second week atop European Top 100 Albums.