Monday, April 14, 2014

Kaiser Chiefs Continue Rule Atop U.K. Albums Chart, Sigma Bags Top Single

Paul Sexton/Billboard

Kaiser Chiefs’ “Education, Education, Education & War” (Kaiser Chiefs/Fiction/ Universal) started a second week atop the artist album chart in the U.K. Sunday (April 13), while London dance duo Sigma scored an instant No. 1 single with “Nobody To Love” (3 Beat/All Around The World/Universal).

The “Education” album stayed at the top ahead of a strong resurgence for Paloma Faith’s third full-length “A Perfect Contradiction” (RCA/Sony). After she performed its single, the Pharrell Williams-composed “Can’t Rely On You,” the album raced back 10-2, and the single 35-18.

John Legend’s “Love In The Future” album (Columbia/Sony) moved up 5-3, even though the single “All Of Me” dipped 2-4. George Michael’s “Symphonica” (Virgin EMI/Universal) declined 3-4, and Aloe Blacc’s “Lift Your Spirit” (Interscope/Universal) debuted at No. 5, as the single from it that entered at No. 1 in the U.K. last week, “The Man,” fell to No. 3.

Blacc’s album was the only top 20 debutant on the new chart, as Johnny Cash fell 4-6 with “Out Among The Stars” (Columbia/Sony) and Sam Bailey’s “The Power Of Love” (Syco Music/Sony) 2-7. The “Now” brand was back in its familiar berth on the compilation chart, as “Now That’s What I Call Music! 87” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) arrived at No. 1.

Sigma, the duo of Joe Lenzie and Cameron Edwards, sold 121,000 of “Nobody To Love” last week to become the third fastest-selling track of the year, according to the Official Charts Company. The track is a drum ‘n’ bass remake of Kanye West’s “Bound 2,” which reached No. 55 in the U.K. on Def Jam/Universal last September.

Rising boy band the Vamps finished the week in runner-up spot on the new singles chart with the new entry “Last Night” (EMI/Universal), which is their third consecutive top three hit after “Can We Dance” and “Wild Heart.”

With Blacc and Legend declining at Nos. 3 and 4 respectively, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea bagged her first U.K. top five hit, debuting at No. 5 with “Fancy” (EMI/Universal), featuring Charli XCX. The highest riser inside the top 20 was Swedish pop-rock singer Tove Lo’s “Stay High” (Polydor/Universal), which climbed 33-12.

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