The Prodigy scored their sixth U.K. No. 1 album over a 21-year span as The Day Is My Enemy (Takemetothehospital) entered the chart at the top Sunday (April 5). Jess Glynne started a second week at the singles summit with “Hold My Hand” (East West/Warner Music).
Music For The Jilted Generation was the Prodigy’s first album bestseller, in 1994, after which the electronic trailblazers followed up with The Fat Of The Land in 1997, Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned in 2004, Their Law: The Singles 1990-2005 in 2005 and 2009’s Invaders Must Die.
The new release ended James Bay’s one-week term at No. 1 with his debut album Chaos and the Calm (Republic/Universal). That fell into runner-up spot as Sam Smith dropped 2-3 with In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal) and Ed Sheeran’s X (Asylum/Warner Music) 3-4.
Sia’s 1000 Forms Of Fear (Monkey Puzzle/RCA/Sony), which debuted at No. 11 last July but has been back in the top 30 every week since mid-January, reached a new peak with a 24-5 climb. Its single “Elastic Heart” did the same, rising 23-10. Sufjan Stevens achieved easily his highest U.K. album placing as Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty) debuted at No. 6; his previous best was the No. 30 peak of The Age Of Adz in 2010.
Also performing well in the new album chart were Megan Trainor, with a 15-9 rise for Title (Epic/Sony), and Liverpool rock quartet Circa Waves, whose debut set Young Chasers (Virgin EMI/Universal) arrived at No. 10. Finnish metal outfit Nightwish came in at No. 12 with Endless Forms Most Beautiful (Nuclear Blast). The new Now That’s What I Call Music 90 album made its top 75 debut on the compilation chart at No. 1.
Glynne’s single had combined chart sales of just over 80,000 in its second week, the streaming element of which came from a total of 1.62 million streams. Speaking of streams, Ed Sheeran’s new hit “Bloodstream,” reworked for single release with Rudimental, raced 26-2.
The biggest hit of the U.K. singles chart year to date, Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” (Columbia/Sony), featuring Bruno Mars, rebounded 8-5, as Maroon 5’s “Sugar” (Interscope/Universal) reached new heights with a 9-7 climb.