Official Charts Analysis: Gary Barlow LP sells 40k

Official Charts Analysis: Gary Barlow LP sells 40k

The only previous occasion on which the top five comprised entirely of debuts was in sales week ending 10 June (chart dated 17 June) 2006, when Sandi Thom's Smile, It Confuses People topped the list ahead of Twelve Stops And Home by The Feeling, Bring You Home by Ronan Keating, Surprise by Paul Simon and Riot City Blues by Primal Scream.

While the title track and Here Comes The Sun enter the singles chart, the seven songs that make up the Sing EP debut on the album chart at number one for Gary Barlow and The Commonwealth Band. A high profile release to commemorate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, it sold 40,020 copies last week, and also features Military Wives, Hayley Westenra, Alfie Boe and Laura Wright. Gary Barlow's eighth number one album (six with Take That and his 1997 solo debut, Open Road are the others) it is also the shortest number one album in chart history, with a playing time just shy of 24 minutes.

A week after securing her first ever Top 10 single, with Picking Up The Pieces, Paloma Faith debuts at number two with second album Fall To Grace. Opening its account in a busy week with sales of 35,024 copies, it easily eclipses the initial impact of Faith's first album, Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?, which debuted at number 14 on sales of 17,326 copies in September 2009, and peaked at number nine, three weeks later. The latter album never sold more than in that first week, though it has gone on to spend 75 weeks in the Top 75, with sales of 499,737 copies, including 2,599 in the latest frame, as it climbs 74-58. Fall To Grace's lofty debut coincides with a second week decline for introductory single Picking Up The Pieces, which slips 7-12 (31,215 sales).

As introductory single Only The Horses eases 22-26 (13,985 sales) on its third frame, The Scissor Sisters' fourth album Magic Hour debuts at number four on sales of 19,297 copies. It will need to improve on that chart placing to avoid being their lowest charting album. The Scissor Sisters' self-titled debut opened at number 11 in 2004 on sales of 21,395, and reached number one for the first of two occasions 21 weeks later. It has sold 2,739,725 copies to date, and is the 14th biggest seller of the 21st century (behind 10 albums by British acts, plus Michael Buble's Crazy Love, Lady GaGa's The Fame and The Kings Of Leon's Only By The Night). Follow up Ta-Dah was greeted eagerly after the first album's success, and opened with a massive first week sale of 288,167. It too spent a fortnight at number one, and has thus far sold 1,458,481 copies. Their third album, Night Work, debuted and peaked at number two on sales of 46,071 in 2010, and has sold 157,343 copies to date.

A sublime version of a song written by one singer/songwriter (Jimmy Webb) about another singer/songwriter (the eponymous PF Sloan) and performed by a third singer/songwriter, Rumer's introductory single from second album Boys Don't Cry remains stubbornly outside the Top 75 even though it has had plenty of radio exposure. Its muted impact also seems to have affected the album, which debuts at number three (23,567 sales) - falling short of the 66,452 first week sales that attended Rumer's debut album, Seasons Of My Soul, in 2010, although matching its debut/peak position. Seasons Of My Soul returned to the Top 200 for the first time this year when PF Sloan started getting played, and has since moved 149-94-77-60, with the 2,371 copies it sold last week raising its career tally to 587,521.

With a track listing that satisfies the national celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the upcoming Olympic Games, Russell Watson's new album Anthems: Music To Inspire A Nation becomes his 12th Top 20 entry from as many releases. Debuting at number five (18,174 sales), it includes the 45 year old Mancunian 'popera' tenor's version of God Save The Queen, as well as the unofficial national rugby anthems Flower Of Scotland, Calon Lan (Wales), Land Of Hope & Glory (England) and Danny Boy (Ireland) plus Heather Small's Olympic anthem Proud, Jerusalem, Abide With Me, Swing Low and Queen's We Are The Champions.

Icelandic band Sigur Ros' latest ambient adventure, Valtari debuts at number eight (11,136 sales), beating the number 45 debut/peak of last November's live set Inni but falling short of the number five debut/peak of its studio predecessor Me? Su? i Eyrum Vi? Spilum Endalaust, from 2008. The latter album thus remains the band's only Top 10 success, though its career sales of 109,978 are far short of their biggest seller, 2005's Takk..., which reached number 16 but has sold 283,983 copies.

Sigur Ros's 2002 album () famously comprised eight songs without a title. It's not a common practice to leave songs unnamed, and neither is it common for albums to be made up entirely of songs with one word titles - but an example of the latter is Brilliant, the first new album by Ultravox since 1994, and the first with its classic line-up of Midge Ure, Chris Cross, Billy Currie and Warren Cann since Lament in 1984. Debuting at number 21 (6,100 sales), the album is the band's highest charting set since U-Vox reached number eight in 1986. The title track much-played on Radio Two, Brilliant's release precedes a 27 date UK/European tour by the reconvened band, whose average age is 60.

US jazz singer Melody Gardot follows-up 2009 breakthrough album My One And Only Thrill - which debuted at number 40 and peaked at number 12 - with The Absence, which sold 6,835 copies last week to debut at number 18.

Public Image Limited's first new album in 20 years, This Is PiL debuts at number 35 (3,929 sales), beating the peak positions of their last three albums. Their last release to chart higher was Album, number 14 in 1986.

Also new to the Top 75 this week: Leeds band Alt-J's debut album, An Awesome Wave (number 19, 6,720 sales), home to their first chart single Breezeblocks, which debuted at number 75 last week but now dips to number 126 (2,152 sales); New York-based, Russian-born singer/songwriter Regina Spektor's sixth studio album, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, which debuts at number 24 (5,382 sales) beating its 2009 predecessor Far (number 30) to become her highest charting set to date; Daybreaker (number 42, 3,208 sales), likewise the highest charting album by Brighton mathcore band Architects, beating the number 57 peak of 2011 set The Here And Now; and 21 year old classical soprano Laura Wright's Glorious (number 52, 2,885 sales). The follow-up to her 2011 debut The Last Rose, which reached number 24, Glorious covers much the same ground as Russell Watson's new album, with five of its 13 songs also being on his Anthems set.

Our Version Of Events dips 1-6 for Emeli Sande, although its sales are actually up 1.50% at 13,629. Adele's 21 is also down, falling 3-10 on sales of 10,529 - both the sales and chart position represent the low points of its remarkable 71 week career.

Joe Bonamassa missed out on topping the chart by fewer than 100 sales last week but his Driving Towards The Daylight set slumps 2-33 (4,083 sales) - the biggest retreat from runners-up slot in the 21st century, eclipsing the 2-21 dives of Interpol's Our Love To Admire (2007) and Franz Ferdinand's Tonight (2009). The Enemy's Streets In The Sky also makes a big second week drop, falling 9-44 (3,162 sales) - but at least it remains in the Top 75, which is more than can be said of Blue Nile graduate Paul Buchanan's debut solo set, Mid Air, which is off 14-88 (1,606 sales). In Scotland, Mid Air falls 1-22, being replaced at the summit by Paloma Faith's Fall To Grace.

Now That's What I Call Music! 81 leads the compilation chart for the ninth straight week. With sales of 22,801 in its latest frame, it is now ahead of Adele's 21 in the overall 2012 standings, with sales to date of 576,858 copies, putting it 5.15% ahead of same stage sales of 548,583 for 2011 equivalent Now! 78.

Overall album sales are still extremely poor but do rebound from the 831 week low they plumbed the week before, rising 17.67% to 1,545,021 - 12.54% below same week 2011 sales of 1,766,525.

SINGLES: Drum and base quartet Rudimental debut atop the singles chart with their first hit, Feel The Love (feat. John Newman). The track sold 93,841 copies last week, and provides the 41 year old Asylum label with its first ever number one in the process. We should note that the label credits Asylum jointly with Black Butter, a two year old independent urban label to which Rudimental are pacted.

Initially home to acts like Jackson Browne, The Eagles, Tom Waits and Joni Mitchell, Asylum was mothballed for a long time, and most of its output since being reactivated is urban, with acts like Wiley, Ironik and Skrillex - though its first ever number one album, last Autumn, was by an artist whose music more closely resembles that of its early singer/songwriter roster, Ed Sheeran.

Asylum is part of the Warner Music group of labels, which holds down all of the top three places this week - the first time it has done so in the 21st century - via acts enjoying their debut hits: Fun's We Are Young (feat. Jonelle Monae) slips 1-2 (70,227 sales) on Atlantic/Fueled By Ramen, while Swedish singer Loreen debuts at number three with her Eurovision winner Euphoria on the Warner Bros. label (62,148 sales).

Another first time hitmaker, Lawson, signed to Polydor, debuts at number four with their introductory single When She Was Mine (47,511 sales), while former chart-topper Call Me Maybe slips 3-5 (46,627) to complete a top five made up entirely of acts enjoying their debut hit - an extremely rare event.

Take That's Gary Barlow racks up two new hits, debuting at number 11 with Sing (32,460 sales), and at number 59 with Here Comes The Sun (5,401 sales), both in partnership with The Commonwealth Band. Both tracks are taken from the Sing EP, which debuts atop the album chart, and was released to commemorate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Barlow co-wrote Sing with Andrew Lloyd Webber - but Here Comes The Sun is a cover of the George Harrison song that originally appeared on The Beatles' Abbey Road album. It has previously charted in two versions - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel's cover reached number 10 in 1976 while The Beatles' own digitally remastered download got as high as number 64 in 2009, and number 58 in April.

As a member of The Swedish House Mafia, Sebastian Ingrosso has racked up five consecutive Top 20 singles, most recently with Greyhound in March, but his first Top 20 single outside that trio is Calling (Lose My Mind), on which he is accompanied by fellow Swedish DJ Alesso and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder. The track debuts at number 19 (17,579 sales).

Alexandra Burke scored her sixth Top 10 hit from seven singles when Elephant (fear. Erick Morillo) reached number three in March - but it had no staying power, diving to number 12 on its second chart appearance and spending only six weeks in the Top 75. Follow-up Let It Go is off to a poor start this week, debuting at number 33 (11,586 sales). Both songs are on Burke's second album, Heartbreak On Hold, which was released today (4th).

Justin Bieber's Mother's Day single Turn To You peaked at number 39 last month. Follow-up Die In Your Arms is off to a better start but is still some way short of providing the young Canadian with his fifth Top 10 hit - it debuts at number 34 (11,474 sales).

Sales of The Wanted's latest single, Chasing The Sun, more than halved on its second week on release, declining 51% to 33,992, as it slumps 2-10.

Where Have You Been holds at number six for Rihanna - but its sales are up 18.04% at 45,815. Her Princess Of China collaboration with Coldplay more than doubles its sales as it climbs 20-13 (29,832 sales).

After 18 straight weeks in the Top 10, Somebody That I Used To Know plunges 9-17 (24,839 sales) for Gotye feat. Kimbra.

Winner Loreen's Euphoria (see above) is the only Eurovision entry to make the Top 75 this week, though several more are to be found in the Top 200. Cypriot entry Lala Love by Ivy Amadou finished 16th in the competition but debuts at number 77 (4,002 sales); Engelbert Humperdinck's UK disaster Love Will Set You Free ebbs 60-106 (2,624 sales); Irish twins Jedward's Waterline bobs 160-122 (2,173 sales); German contestant Roman Lob's Standing Still debuts at number 132 (2,030 sales); Russian grannies Buranovskiye Babushki's Party For Everybody debuts at number 159 (1,625 sales); Greek entry Aphrodisiac by Eleftheria Eleftheriou debuts at number 167 (1,510 sales).

Leanne Mitchell won The Voice UK! on BBC1 on Saturday and will debut on the chart next week with her first single, a cover of Whitney Houston's Run To You. Meanwhile, an appearance on the show paid dividends for Ed Sheeran whose performance of Small Bump generated a big jump for the track, which was number 92 on Friday's midweek sales flashes but ends up entering the Top 75 at number 58 (5,404 sales). It is the fifth hit from his million selling debut album +, following the Top 10 successes The A Team (number three), You Need Me, I Don't Need You (number four), Drunk (number nine) and Lego House (number five). + itself increases sales 5.21% week-on-week to 8,172 but holds at number 13. Sheeran also registers his fifth Top 40 single this week, with Hush Little Baby - credited to Wretch 32 feat. Ed Sheeran - climbing 44-35 (11,405 sales).

Overall singles sales are up 14.83% week-on-week at 3,550,666 - 11.26% above same week 2011 sales of 3,191,397.


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