In its first week of full release, Meghan Trainor’s U.S. chart-topper “All About That Bass” (Epic/Sony) has mirrored the feat in the U.K. While on the new album chart, breakthrough Columbia/Sony singer-songwriter George Ezra’s Wanted On Voyage hit the top for the first time, in its 14th chart week.
Trainor’s single made news last week by becoming the first U.K. top 40 entry to be achieved entirely via streaming data. Streams of 1.17 million saw it rise 53-33, and after its full release, raced to No. 1 on the Official Charts Company’s new data Sunday (Oct. 5). Its combined chart sale for the new chart week, nearly 144,000, includes nearly 1.4 million streams, over 9% of the aggregated tally.
Ezra reaches critical mass after the continuing success of the two big singles from his first album, “Budapest” (which moved back up 12-10) and “Blame It On Me,” which climbed again 7-6. Wanted On Voyage has been in the top ten every week since its June chart entry and is now in its 11th week in the top five.
Sam Smith improved 3-2 with his former No. 1 album In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal), while Ed Sheeran’s sales powerhouse X (Asylum/Warner Music) rebounded 6-3. He still has three tracks from it in the singles top 40, with “Thinking Out Loud” now up 18-17.
South London-born alt-hip-hop artist Jamie T’s Carry On the Grudge (Virgin/Universal), which had led in sales earlier in the week, finished as a new entry at No. 4. His third album, it matches the peak of his 2007 debut Panic Prevention, while Kings & Queens reached No. 2 in 2009.
Barbra Streisand’s duets album Partners (Columbia/Sony) fell to No. 5 after its No. 2 debut last week, while the Script’s No Sound Without Silence, also on Columbia, moved back 7-6. The deluxe reissue of Oasis’ (What’s The Story) Morning Glory (Big Brother) took the multi-platinum album back into the top ten for the first time in 18 years, with a re-entry at No. 7. Prince’s double hit of new releases on NPG/Warner Bros//Warner Music produced a No. 8 debut for Art Official Age and a No. 11 start for his set with 3rdEyeGirl, PlectrumElectrum.
Alt-J’s new entry at No. 1 last week, This Is All Yours album (Infectious Music), dropped to No. 9, and the new Genesis compilation R-Kive (UMC/Virgin/Universal) started at No. 10. Keep Calm and Chillout (Sony Music CG) is in a third week atop the album chart.
As Trainor raced to the singles summit, Jessie J’s collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang” (Lava/Republic/Universal), fell to No. 2 and Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” (EMI/Universal) held at No. 3. There was a No. 7 debut for Belgian producer the Magician’s “Sunlight” (ffrr), featuring Years & Years. Labrinth’s eighth top 20 U.K. hit “Let It Be” (Syco Music/Sony) came in at No. 11 and British singer-songwriter Ella Eyre’s “Comeback” (Virgin/Universal) at No. 12.