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Muse’s ‘Drones’ Opens At No. 1 in U.K.

"Drones" had a combined sales figure of nearly 73,000 units.

Muse have secured their fifth U.K. No. 1 album with Drones (Helium 3/Warner Bros.), 12 years after their first chart-topper. Jason Derulo moved into a third week atop the singles chart with “Want To Want Me” (Warner Bros.).

Drones had a combined sales figure of nearly 73,000, to continue a run for the progressive rock heavyweights that started in 2003 with Absolution. They also led the way with Black Holes & Revelations in 2006, The Resistance (2009) and The 2nd Law in 2012. 


Florence + the Machine fell to No. 2 with last week’s bestseller, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Universal Island). Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro slipped 2-3 with Act Two (Syco Music/Sony Music) but Ed Sheeran’s X (Asylum/Warner Music) moved back 10-4 in its 51st chart week. Its track “Photograph” reached the top 40 for the first time, in its 16th week in the top 75 and 30th in the top 100, with a 43-34 move.

Four weeks ahead of Sheeran with a 55-week album chart run, Sam Smith improved 7-5 with In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal). Dance pacemakers Leftfield’s first full-length studio release in 16 years, Alternative Light Source (Infectious Music), entered at No. 6. Its predecessor Rhythm and Stealth opened at No. 1 in 1999. 

Polydor/Universal’s reissue of the Rolling Stones 1971 classic Sticky Fingers took the album back into the top ten at No. 7. The original release spent its first four weeks at the summit, and five in total. Iceland’s Of Monsters and Men came in at No. 10 with Beneath The Skin (Republic/Universal), which follows the No. 3 start for My Head Is An Animal in 2012.

FFS (Domoino), the collaborative album by Franz Ferdinand and Sparks, opened its account at No. 17, and on the compilation chart, the TFI Friday collection, released to coincide with last week’s revival of the 1990s British television favorite, came in at No. 1.

Derulo’s single had 2.26 million streams last week and finished more than 11,000 combined chart sales ahead of its nearest challenger, OMI’s Felix Jaehn remix of “Cheerleader” (Ultra). That former No. 1 moved back 3-2 and was the most-streamed track of the week, at 2.33 million. 

“Lean On” (Because Music) by Major Lazer featuring Mo & DJ Snake regained its peak position by climbing 4-3, while “Where Are U Now” (Atlantic/Warner) by Skrillex & Diplo featuring Justin Bieber moved 5-4. “Runaway (U & I)” (Big Beat) by Galantis jumped 7-5 and there was a 75-8 leap for “Shut Up & Dance” (RCA/Sony) by Cincinnati-based pop outfit Walk The Moon.