Marina and the Diamonds debuted at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (May 6) with sophomore album Electra Heart (679/Atlantic/Warner Music). Tulisa, known as a member of pop/R&B band N-Dubz and as a judge on “The X Factor,” went straight to the top of the singles survey with “Young” (All Around The World/Universal Island).
Marina & the Diamonds, the recording name of Welsh-Greek artist Marina Diamandis, reached No. 5 in the U.K. with the 2010 debut set The Family Jewels. The new album contains the current hit “Primadonna,” which this week climbs back 13-11, matching its debut position two weeks ago.
Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die (Polydor/Universal) moved up again, 3-2, buoyed by its new single “Blue Jeans,” which climbed 50-32. Last week’s bestseller, Jack White’s Blunderbuss (XL Recordings), fell to No. 3, as Norah Jones made a strong return at No. 4 with Little Broken Hearts (Blue Note/EMI). After consecutive U.K. No. 1s with Come Away With Me (2002), Feels Like Home (2004) and Not Too Late (2007), Jones only reached No. 24 with 2009’s The Fall. Adele’s 21 (XL Recordings) fell 2-5 on the new chart.
There was a 30-13 rebound for former “X Factor” singer-songwriter Rebecca Ferguson’s Heaven (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment), a No. 14 debut for Marilyn Manson’s Born Villain (Cooking Vinyl) and a 26-17 climb for Alex Clare’s The Lateness of the Hour (Universal Island). The London-born artist’s current single from it, “Too Close,” climbed again 6-5. Now That’s What I Call Music 81 (EMI TV/Universal Music TV) tops the compilation chart for a fifth week.
Tulisa’s single sold nearly 122,000 copies last week, according to the Official Charts Company, making it the second-fastest seller of the year to date, behind DJ Fresh & Rita Ora’s 128,000 for “Hot Right Now” (Ministry of Sound) in February. Tulisa ends Carly Rae Jepsen’s four-week reign with “Call Me Maybe” (Interscope/Universal), which fell to No. 2 as “We Are Young” (Fueled By Ramen) by fun. featuring Janelle Monae started a third week at No. 3.
Barbadian band Cover Drive, who went to No. 1 in the U.K. with their last single “Twilight” (Global Talent/Universal), opened at No. 4 with the follow-up “Sparks.” Train moved 10-7 with “Drive By” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), as their former hit “Hey Soul Sister” reappeared in the top 75 at No. 38 and the album California 37 improved 29-25.