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Pitbull & Ke$ha’s ‘Timber’ Lands First U.K. No. 1 for 2014

"Timber" (Mr.305/Polo Grounds/J/Sony) by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha debuted atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Jan. 5) to become the market's first No. 1 single of 2014. Ellie Goulding's "Halcyon"…


“Timber” (Mr.305/Polo Grounds/J/Sony) by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha debuted atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Jan. 5) to become the market’s first No. 1 single of 2014. Ellie Goulding’s “Halcyon” (Polydor/Universal) climbed 6-1 to top the album bestsellers for the first time, in its 65th chart week.

In what is traditionally a fallow sales period around the beginning of the year, the Pitbull single sold an impressive 138,000 units in the week to Saturday night, while last week’s No. 1, Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (Back Lot) sold another 108,000 as it fell into runner-up spot. The No. 1 single on the corresponding chart a year ago was James Arthur’s “Impossible” (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment), which sold 74,000 units in its second week on top.

“Timber,” currently at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, is the third U.K. No. 1 for both Pitbull and Ke$ha: he reached the summit twice in 2011, with Jennifer Lopez (“On The Floor”) and Naver, Afrojack and Ne-Yo (“Give Me Everything”), while she hit the top with Flo Rida in 2009 on “Right Round” and again in 2011 with “We R Who We R.” 


The two climbers in the singles top ten were both long-runners, Goulding’s “How Long Will I Love You” moving back 7-5 and Martin Garrix’s former No. 1 “Animals” (Positiva/Virgin/Universal) 13-8. Two new releases from 3 Beat/All Around The World/Universal debuted in the top 20: “Million Pound Girl (Badder Than Bad)” by Fuse ODG at No. 14, and “Control” by Matrix & Futurebound featuring Max Marshall at No. 18. 

Goulding’s album, released in October 2012, was initially held off the No. 1 spot by Mumford & Sons’ “Babel,” with a deluxe version entitled “Halcyon Days” hitting No. 5 in early September last year. Total sales of “Halcyon” now stand close to 665,000, according to the Official Charts Company.

Gary Barlow’s “Since I Saw You Last” (Polydor/Universal) held at No. 2 on the new chart, while Beyoncé’s self-titled Columbia/Sony album climbed 4-3. Last week’s No. 1, “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) by Robbie Williams, fell to No. 4. 

There were top ten rebounds for John Newman’s “Tribute” (Universal Island), 16-5; Bastille’s “Bad Blood” (Virgin/Universal), 11-6; Rudimental’s “Home” (Asylum/Warner Music), 34-7; Arctic Monkeys’ “AM” (Domino), 12-8; and Avicii’s “True” (Positiva/PRMD/Universal), 19-9. “Now! That’s What I Call Music 86” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) started a seventh straight week atop the compilation chart.