Although 21 loses its weekly supremacy, it regains the number one position on the year to date listing, where its total of 289,517 sales puts it ahead of Lana Del Rey's Born To Die (284,983 sales).
Ed Sheeran's + becomes the third British album release of 2011 to pass the million sales mark, joining Adele's 21 (4,061,863 sales, but newly certified as 15 times platinum, indicating trade sales of 4,500,000) and Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto (1,050,580 sales). Holding at number three this week on sales of 31,463 copies, + has taken 25 weeks to reach the target. Number one the week of its debut, its 16th week on the chart and its 20th week on the chart, the album has remained in the Top 10 throughout its chart career, and has sold 1,021,072 copies in total - 739,920 of them on CD, 805 on vinyl, and the remainder on download. Drunk - the ironically-titled latest hit from the teetotaler - becomes the fourth consecutive single from + to reach the Top 10, climbing 11-9 (32,867 sales).
Veteran rocker Meat Loaf, 64, lands the week's highest debut, entering at number five (16,513 sales) with his new album, Hell In A Handbasket. It's his sixth straight Top 10 studio set and his 10th in 11 releases since his 1977 breakthrough Bat Out Of Hell. However, its opening week is well down on the 31,034 copies his last studio album, Hang Cool Teddy Bear, sold to debut at number four in 2010, and his lowest charting album since Blind Before I Stop reached number 28 in 1986. Bat Out Of Hell remains one of the biggest selling studio albums of all-time, with UK sales to date of 3,038,397 copies.
Pink Floyd's 1979 number three album The Wall returns to the chart this week, entering at number 22 after selling 6,747 copies. The vast majority of those sales were generated by the newly released three disc 'experience' edition, seven disc 'immersion' edition and double vinyl edition of the set, which racked up sales of 1,564, 2,418 and 729 respectively. The Wall last charted five months ago, reaching number 44 after being released, along with the rest of Floyd's 14 album catalogue in remastered digipacks. It is the third album by the band to chart in 'experience' and 'immersion' editions, following Dark Side Of The Moon, which reached number eight last October and Wish You Were Here, number 38 in November.
The Ting Tings' debut album, We Started Nothing, hit the ground running when it was released in 2008, debuting at number one on sales of 47,907 copies a week after their introductory single, That's Not My Name, topped the chart. Follow-up album Sounds From Nowheresville apparently had a difficult genesis, with The Ting Tings apparently scrapping a whole album's worth of songs before it emerged last week - and with first single, 2010 offcut Hands reaching number 29, and 2012 follow-up Hang It Up debuting at number 125 (2,098 sales) this week, the album understandably makes a less impressive debut, arriving at number 23 (6,246 sales). We Started Nothing spent 55 weeks in the Top 75, and has sold 632,341 copies.
The Essential Whitney Houston continues to climb, jumping 17-7 (13,441 sales), while The Greatest Hits - which made a bigger immediate impression following Houston's death last month, ebbs 36-99 (1,359 sales). The Essential is Houston's eighth Top 10 album.
The two top albums by international newcomers to emerge thus far in 2012 continue to occupy slots in the Top 10 - American Lana Del Rey's Born To Die is static at number four (26,575 sales) on its fifth week, while Australian-based Belgian Gotye's Making Mirrors eases 5-6 (15,989 sales) on its third appearance.
11 years after their last album, Wake Up And Smell The Coffee, peaked at number 61, reformed Irish group The Cranberries' reunion album Roses blooms with a number 37 debut (3,395 sales). The band's 1993 debut, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We reached number one.
Overall album sales are down 3.84% week-on-week at 1,612,430 - 19.20% below same week 2011 sales of 1,995,595.
SINGLES: Initially challenged for supremacy by Rockstar - the new single by Dappy feat. Brian May - Somebody That I Used To Know eventually had a very comfortable victory atop the singles chart for Gotye feat. Kimbra. However, the track - which is number one for the second time in a row and the third time in total - now seems to have peaked, with its sales falling for the first time since it made the Top 200 nine weeks ago. It sold 87,057 copies last week - but that's enough for it to move to the top of the year-to-date chart, where its current tally of 476,911 relegates Titanium by David Guetta feat. Sia (456,704 sales) to second place.
Just 74 sales in arrears (0.29%) in Tuesday's sales flash, Rockstar eventually sold 57,415 copies to take second place. It's the second single from N-Dubz star Dappy's debut solo album No Regrets, which drops next month. The title track debuted 23 weeks ago at number one, on sales of 96,939 copies, and has gone on to sell 336,986 to date. It is the highest charting of 10 Top 75 solo and collaborative singles by 64 year old guitarist May outside of Queen, with whom he topped the chart on six occasions. Rockstar's fade was such that it nearly slipped to third place behind Emeli Sande's Next To Me, which occupies that berth on sales of 55,525 copies.
The only record from last week's Top 10 to increase sales is Nicki Minaj's Starships, which climbs 7-5 with sales up 23.20% at 49,556. However, Kelly Clarkson's What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger) adds 45.93% as it re-enters the Top 10, climbing 13-8 (34,973 sales), to match the position in which it peaked five weeks ago.
Christian singer/songwriter Matt Redman, debuts at number 12 with Twenty Seven Million (25,777 sales). The Brighton based worship leader's first hit single, which also features Manchester hip-hop band LZ7, was released to raise awareness of human trafficking, with proceeds going to the A21 Campaign. The title of the song refers to the estimated number of people trafficked or enslaved. It is rare for a Christian song to make the Top 10, although Britain's leading Christian rock group Delirious? reached number four in April 2010, after an internet campaign to make their 1997 stadium rocker History Makers an Easter hit.
A tribute to the late, great singer of the same name, hip-hop band Chiddy Bang's second Top 20 hit Ray Charles debuts at number 13 (24,003 sales). It is two years to the week since their first Top 20 hit, Opposite Of Adults peaked at number 12.
17 year old French dance artist/producer Madeon has his first hit, with Icarus debuting at number 22 (16,700 sales).
The Arctic Monkeys' ninth Top 40 hit, R U Mine? debuts at number 23 (15,828 sales).
Demi Lovato has charted three singles before, two of them duets with Joe Jonas, but the Disney star has her highest charting song to date with Skyscraper debuting this week at number 32 (11,460 sales).
We are barely into March but for the third time this year, the death of a loved singer has an impact on the Top 75. Following on from the recent chartings of songs by Etta James and Whitney Houston, the death of Davy Jones precipitates a return to the list this week for the Monkees hit on which he sang lead, Daydream Believer. Re-emerging at number 69 (4,438 sales), it was originally released in 1967, and climbed the chart for eight weeks in a row, eventually peaking at number five early in 1968. It is The Monkees' first appearance in the chart since 1989, when The Monkees EP reached number 62. Although three Monkees hits charted higher than Daydream Believer, it is their biggest selling track in the digital era, with sales of 90,399 since tracking began, just ahead of their debut hit and only number one, I'm A Believer (84,595). Last Train To Clarksville is a distant third, with sales of 26,910.
Overall singles sales are up 2.67% week-on-week to 3,433,007 - 13.11% above same week 2011 sales of 3,035,072.