London artists are triumphant on the Official Charts Company’s new U.K. sales charts, as electro duo Nero follow their recent singles chart-topper “Promises” (MTA/Mercury/Universal) with an instant No. 1 album, “Welcome Reality,” and grime/rap star Wretch 32 enters at the summit with his “Don’t Go” single (Levels/Ministry of Sound), featuring Josh Kumra.
With modest sales of 30,000, Nero thus become the first act this year to enter at the top with a debut album. The “Promises” single from it moves down from last week’s bestselling start to No. 5. With Adele’s “21” (XL Recordings) steady at No. 2 on the album chart and its predecessor “19” steady at No. 5 Amy Winehouse‘s “Back To Black” (Universal Island) falls to No. 3 and Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s “Watch The Throne” (Def Jam/Universal) 3-4.
There are two other new entries in the album top ten, with Charlie Simpson, once of boy band Busted and then his own group Fightstar, in at No. 6 with his first set under his own name, “Young Pilgrim” (Nusic Sounds). Sony’s new “Ultimate Collection” by John Denver gives the late singer-songwriter a No. 7 debut, his highest U.K. album ranking since “Live In London” reached No. 2 in 1976.
Chase & Status’ “No More Idols” (Mercury/Universal), already platinum for 300,000 U.K. shipments, moves back 12-9 and Rihanna’s “Loud” (Def Jam/Universal), certified five-times platinum, 14-11. The other new entries inside the top 40 are “In Gold Blood” (Roadrunner) by Kids In Glass Houses at No. 27 and pop duo Jedward’s “Victory” (Universal Ireland) at No. 34. “Now! That’s What I Call Music 79” (EMI/Virgin/UMTV) leads the compilation chart for a fourth week.
Wretch 32, otherwise known as 26-year-old Jermaine Scott, reached No. 5 on the U.K. singles chart in January with “Traktor” and No. 2 in April with “Unorthodox,” featuring Example. Wretch 32’s debut album “Black & White” is released in the U.K. today (Monday).
An all-new singles top three also featured debuts for much-vaunted Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé at No. 2 with her first single, “Heaven” (Virgin/EMI), and “Moves Like Jagger” (Octone/A&M/Universal) by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera at No. 3. Sandé’s debut album “Our Version of Events” is due to follow in November; she has previously featured on the U.K. top ten hits “Diamond Rings” by Chipmunk in 2009 and “Never Be Your Woman” by Wiley last year. “Moves Like Jagger” is Maroon 5’s fourth top ten hit in the territory and the first since “Makes Me Wonder” reached No. 2 in 2007.
Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts” (Atlantic/Warner Music) rose again 5-4 and Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team” marked a tenth consecutive week in the top ten with a 7-6 rise.