Monday, August 25, 2014

David Guetta Shines Atop U.K. Chart With 'Lovers On The Sun'

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David Guetta is No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart for the fifth time as a lead artist, after debuting at the summit yesterday (Aug. 24) with “Lovers On The Sun” (Parlophone/Warner Music), featuring Sam Martin. Ed Sheeran’s eight-week run atop the album chart with X (Asylum/Warner Music) was finally ended by “Britain’s Got Talent” winners Collabro, the musical theater quintet, with Stars (Syco Music/Sony).

Guetta’s U.K. scorecard is now five No. 1s as the headline artist in four years, stretching back to the June 2009 No. 1 “When Love Takes Over,” featuring Kelly Rowland. Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) fell to No. 2 after two weeks on top, with MAGIC!’s “Rude” (RCA/Sony) down 2-3.

Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” (EMI/Universal) wasted no time in becoming her latest top five success, its rush-release last Monday (Aug. 18) being followed by a No. 4 debut. German house DJ Wankelmut’s “My Head Is A Jungle” (Positiva/Virgin/Universal), featuring Emma Louise, came in at No. 5.

Sheeran may have lost his album crown, but two tracks from X are still climbing on the singles list, with “Don’t” up 11-8 and “Thinking Out Loud” improving 16-13. “Black Widow” (EMI/Universal) by Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora climbed 32-17 and Sam Smith’s “I’m Not The Only One” (Capitol/Universal) 40-17. A fan campaign on behalf of Sir Cliff Richard following the police investigation of an alleged historical sexual offence resulted in a No. 57 debut for “I Still Believe In You” (Parlophone/Warner Music).

Collabro, formed only in January, won the eighth series of “Britain’s Got Talent” in June and were confirmed to have signed to Syco Music a few days later. Manchester rock band the Courteeners opened at a career-best No. 3 with “Concrete Love” (Cooperative Music), their fourth consecutive top ten album, while Glasgow’s Twin Atlantic hit a new high at No. 6 with “Great Divide” (Red Bull), easily outdoing the No. 37 peak of 2011’s “Free.” Now That’s What I Call Music! 88 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) is in a fifth week atop the compilation chart.

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