Mark Ronson scored a double victory on the new U.K. sales charts, published last night (Jan. 25) by the Official Charts Company. As his “Uptown Funk” single, (Columbia/Sony), featuring Bruno Mars, started a fifth consecutive and sixth aggregate week at No. 1, he achieved his first chart-topping album, as Uptown Special went straight to the summit.
The album, Ronson’s fourth, follows two consecutive No. 2 peaks, for 2007’s Version and Record Collection in 2010. It’s the first time an artist has topped the U.K. singles and album charts simultaneously since Miley Cyrus did it with “Wrecking Ball” and Bangerz respectively, in October 2013.
The new album chart was led earlier in the week by Fall Out Boy, whose sixth release American Beauty/American Psycho (Def Jam/Universal) posted a No. 2 finish, 1,900 sales behind Ronson. That equals their previous best album showing in the market, with 2013’s Save Rock and Roll.
With last week’s No. 1 album, George Ezra’s Wanted On Voyage (Columbia/Sony), down to No. 5, there was a No. 6 debut for Enter Shikari’s The Mindsweep (Play It Again Sam). A strong week for indie talent also saw Belle & Sebastian’s Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance (Matador) arrive at No. 9 and Bjork’s Vulnicura (One Little Indian) at No. 11.
We Are All We Need (Anjunabeats/Caroline) by Above & Beyond followed at No. 12, the Decemberists was new at No. 13 with What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World (Rough Trade), and chart veterans the Waterboys arrive at No. 14 with Modern Blues (Harlequin and Crown). Marilyn Manson’s The Pale Emperor (Cooking Vinyl) debuted at No. 16. On the compilation chart, The Weekender (Ministry of Sound) climbed 2-1 to end the eight-week reign of Now That’s What I Call Music! 89 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal).
Uptown Funk had a combined sales chart figure of 120,000 last week, and a streaming total of 2,562,000, beating Ronson’s own record of 2,555,000 set earlier this month. The big mover on the singles chart was Meghan Trainor’s “Lips Are Movin” (Epic/Sony), her follow-up to the No. 1 breakout “All About That Bass,” which soared 50-2. Avicii’s “The Nights” (Positiva/PRMD/Universal) climbed 16-8.