There was a double triumph for east London artists on the Official Charts Company’s new U.K. sales charts, published Sunday (May 2). Grime collective Roll Deep debuted atop the singles survey with “Good Time” (Relentless/Virgin/EMI), featuring Jodie Connor, while rapper/singer Plan B returned to No. 1 on the album chart with “The Defamation of Strickland Banks” (679/Atlantic/Warner Music).
Roll Deep were formed as long ago as 2002, and they made their U.K. chart debut in 2005, when “The Avenue” reached No. 11. The follow-up, “Shake A Leg,” peaked at No. 24 and the album “In At The Deep End” debuted at No. 50 in a four-week chart run. Two subsequent albums failed to make the top 75 album survey. The Roll Deep collective has at times included subsequent solo stars Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder, and founder member Wiley has had notable U.K. chart success of his own, notably with the No. 2 hit “Wearing My Rolex” in 2008.
The former No. 1 “Omg” (LaFace/Sony Music Entertainment) by Usher featuring will.i.am held at No. 2 on the new listing, as Plan B’s “She Said” moved back 4-3 and last week’s bestseller, Diana Vickers’ “Once” (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment), fell to No. 4.
The other new song to the top ten, climbing 12-10, was “Dirty Picture” (4th & Broadway/Universal Island) by Taio Cruz featuring Ke$ha. The “Glee” Cast added yet another top 20 hit to their collection as the TV series’ cover of Madonna‘s “Like A Prayer” (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring Jonathan Groff, arrived at No. 16. The “Glee” Cast have a total of seven titles in this week’s top 75, also including new entries for three more Madonna covers, “4 Minutes” at No. 42, “Like A Virgin” at No. 58 and “Borderline”/”Open Your Heart” at No. 64. The album all those tracks come from, “The Music of ‘Glee’: The Power of Madonna,” debuted at No. 4.
Plan B’s album debuted at No. 1 two weeks ago, falling to No. 3 last week before its new return to the summit. It won a close-fought race with Usher’s “Raymond V. Raymond,” which had been ahead in midweek sales but finished 1% behind Plan B’s sales for the full chart week.
Also debuting inside the top ten were Welsh rock regulars Bullet For My Valentine‘s third album “Fever” (Jive/Sony Music Entertainment) at No. 5, and “Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends” (Universal Island) at No. 9. The latter are a ten-man group who have performed traditional sea shanties in the small Cornish town of Port Isaac for some 15 years before landing a contract with Island.
A typically eclectic U.K. album chart also included a No. 12 entry for veteran German bandleader James Last’s 80th birthday celebration album “80 Not Out” (Universal Music TV) at No. 12, and a No. 17 start for “The Very Best of Billy Ocean” (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment). The “Glee”-inspired attention to the Madonna catalogue also helped her own Warner Bros. compilation “Celebration” back into the chart at No. 15.
Three new entries in the top ten of Billboard’s European Albums chart were headed by AC/DC’s No. 1 debut with the soundtrack of “Iron Man 2” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). Stromae’s “Alors On Danse” (Mosaert/Vertigo) is in a third separate run atop Hot 100 Singles, a sequence of five weeks in aggregate.