Taylor Swift scored her first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) as “Red” (Mercury/Universal) debuted at the top. Writer-producer Labrinth was also celebrating a first British bestseller, as “Beneath Your Beautiful” (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring Emeli Sandé, opened atop the singles survey.
Swift reached No. 5 in the U.K. in 2009 with her chart debut “Fearless,” peaking one place below that with the 2010 follow-up “Fearless.” The new album follows the top ten success of “We Are Never Getting Back Together Ever,” which peaked at No. 4 four weeks ago and is still in the top ten, drifting 7-9 this week. Scottish singer-songwriter Sandé enjoyed another banner week, with the deluxe version of her chart-topping album “Our Version Of Events” (Virgin/EMI) climbing 9-2, as she notched not one but two new top ten guest appearances on the singles list, at No. 1 with Labrinth and No. 10 with her cameo on north London artist and Virgin labelmate Naughty Boy’s “Wonder.”
Taylor Swift to Launch Atop Billboard 200 Chart With New Album ‘Red’
Last week’s surprise debutant at the album summit, Jake Bugg, saw his first, self-titled Mercury/Universal set fall to No. 3. British pop band Lawson followed last week’s No. 6 singles hit “Standing In The Dark” (Global Talent/Universal) with a No. 4 start for the album “Chapman Square.”
Also new inside the album top ten were N-Dubz member Dappy’s “Good Intentions” (All Around The World/Universal Island) at No. 6 and long-serving Irish crooner Daniel O’Donnell’s “Songs From The Movies And More” (DMG TV) at No. 7. Paloma Faith’s “Fall To Grace” (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) enjoyed a 35-9 resurgence. There was a new No. 1 on the compilation chart, as the mixes an collaborations set “Until Now – Swedish House Mafia” (Virgin/EMI) ended the 13-week run of “Now! That’s What I Call Music 82” (EMI TV/Universal Music TV).
Labrinth’s first chart-topping single was achieved with 108,000 sales for “Beneath Your Beautiful,” according to the Official Charts Company. He performed the track on the “X Factor” results show Oct. 21. His previous best showing was the No. 2 peak of “Earthquake,” featuring Tinie Tempah, last year, although he himself guested on Tempah’s 2010 No. 1 “Pass Out.”
Swedish House Mafia’s former No. 1 single “Don’t You Worry Child” (Virgin/EMI), featuring John Martin, stayed at No. 2, as last week’s champion, “Sweet Nothing” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) by Calvin Harris & Florence Welch, fell 1-3. Apart from the Naughty Boy/Sandé collaboration, the other top ten entry was pop band JLS’ “The Hottest Girl In The World” (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) at No. 6.
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