Calvin Harris, Sam Smith Lead U.K. Sales Charts
Calvin Harris landed his fifth U.K. No. 1 single as a solo artist in five years as "Blame" (Columbia/Sony), featuring John Newman, debuted at the top yesterday (Sept. 14).
Calvin Harris landed his fifth U.K. No. 1 single as a solo artist in five years as “Blame” (Columbia/Sony), featuring John Newman, debuted at the top yesterday (Sept. 14). Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal) continues to lead the album chart.
Harris first topped the British charts as the lead act with “I’m Not Alone” in 2009 and followed that with “Sweet Nothing” in 2012, “Under Control” in 2013 and last year’s “Summer.” He has also featured on two more bestsellers, Dizzee Rascal’s “Dance Wiv Me” in 2008 and Rihanna’s 2011 mega-hit “We Found Love.”
As the percentage of streams contributing to hit singles continues to rise, 13% of the combined chart figure for “Blame” came from streaming services, according to the Official Charts Company. Lilly Wood and Robin Schulz’s “Prayer In C” (Atlantic/Warner Music) fell to No. 2 after two weeks at the summit, although the OCC reports that it’s the most-streamed track of the week with a total of nearly 1.4 million plays.
Smith’s single “I’m Not The Only One” climbed 5-3, Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” (EMI/Universal) was up 6-4 and another EMI release, “Black Widow” by Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora, fell 4-5. House producer Ten Walls debuted at No. 6 with the club hit “Walking With Elephants” (Atlantic/Warner Music).
5 Seconds Of Summer got another top ten U.K. hit as “Amnesia” (Capitol/ Universal) soared 38-7, while “New Flame” (RCA/Sony) by Chris Brown featuring Usher and Rick Ross started at No. 10.
Smith retained the album crown to deny Robert Plant a No. 1 debut with Lullaby…and the Ceaseless Roar (East West/Warner Music). That arrived in runner-up spot as Ryan Adams returned at No. 6 with his self-titled Columbia/Sony album.
Bob Marley and the Wailers’ 1984 compilation Legend (Tuff Gong/Universal Island) mirrored its U.S. chart surge after a dramatic price reduction by climbing 49-7. Interpol’s El Pintor (Soft Limit) started at No. 9, and Queen’s Live At The Rainbow ‘74 (Virgin/Universal) at No. 11.
English rockers Kooks had a No. 16 start for Listen (Virgin/Universal), as long-running Scottish band Deacon Blue scored their ninth top 40 album, over a course of 27 years, with A New House (Medium Wave). Banks came in at No. 20 with Goddess (Harvest/Good Years) and Smokey Robinson’s all-star Smokey & Friends (Verve/Universal) is at No. 21. “Now That’s What I Call Music! 88” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) is in its eighth week atop the compilation chart.