Official Charts Analysis: Gary Barlow tops Album and Singles lists

Official Charts Analysis: Gary Barlow tops Album and Singles lists

The Sing album, which debuted at number one last week on sales of 40,020 copies, increases sales 88.75% week-on-week to 75,538 - the third highest weekly sale by any artist album this year, and the highest for 16 weeks.

Sing has a huge 260.96% lead over Ed Sheeran's +, which rallies 13-2 (20,927 sales), helped by his performance of The A Team at the Diamond Jubilee Concert, Small Bump at The Voice UK final and renewed TV advertising. + was at the lowest position of its 38 week chart run last week, but is now in its highest position since it last topped the chart 19 weeks ago. On the singles chart, Small Bump leaps 58-25 (15,033 sales), while The A Team rebounds 118-46 (7,632 sales) and Lego House climbs 92-67 (5,100 sales).

The Diamond Jubilee Concert - which was organised by Barlow, and attracted huge audiences for BBC1 both live on the night and via an edited highlights show the following afternoon - also helped participants Jessie J's Who You Are (20-7, 11,284 sales), Kylie Minogue's new 25th anniversary hits compilation The Best Of (a number 11 debut, 9,703 sales), Alfie Boe's Bring Him Home (159-26, 5,188 sales) and Alfie (a re-entry at number 43, 3,429 sales), The Military Wives' In My Dreams (90-56, 2,856 sales), and Madness compilations Total Madness (a re-entry at number 72, 2,231 sales) and Complete Madness (122-74, 2,208 sales).

Veteran acts abound elsewhere on the album chart this week, with debuts for new albums by The Beach Boys (average age: 69), Neil Young & Crazy Horse (66) and Patti Smith (65), renewed activity on upgraded classic albums by David Bowie (65) and Paul Simon (70), and a new compilation by Bob Seger (67).

With main man Brian Wilson (69) on board for the first time since their eponymous 1985 album, The Beach Boys celebrate their 50th anniversary with That's Why God Made The Radio. Debuting at number 15 (7,926 sales), it also features Mike Love (71), Al Jardine (69), Bruce Johnston (69) and David Marks (63). It is the highest charting album of new material by the band since 1971 when Surf's Up also reached number 15.

Canadian singer/songwriter Neil Young racks up his 45th chart entry, debuting at number 16 (7,891 sales) with Americana. It is his first album with American trio Crazy Horse since Greendale in 2003.

One of Young's best-loved songs - After The Goldrush - is the only cover on Banga, the 11th studio album by Patti Smith, which opens at number 47 (3,197 sales) to become her highest charting album since Gone Again reached number 44 in 1996.

Paul Simon's 1986 blockbuster Graceland has its silver jubilee marked a little belatedly by a plethora of special editions, and it too returns to chart duty, at number 10 (10,168 sales). Remastered and expanded to mark the 40th anniversary of its original release, David Bowie's classic 1972 album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars re-enters the chart at number 40 (3,643 sales). Ziggy Stardust climbed to number five in its original incarnation, and has re-charted several times since, most recently in 2004. Graceland actually returned to the chart as recently as last November, reaching number 40 on the 25th anniversary of reaching number one, after being released in remastered form.

27 years after Dexy's Midnight Runners' third and final album Don't Stand Me Down peaked at number 22, the band's principal member Kevin Rowland has assembled a nine piece unit known as Dexys, which also features Big Jim Paterson and Pete Williams from the original act. The band's One Day I'm Going To Soar debuts at number 13 (8,890 sales).

Former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke's first album, Overcome, debuted at number one in 2009 on sales of 132,065 copies. Although it yielded six Top 20 hits and sold 813,469 copies, it didn't prevent Burke from being dropped from X Factor boss Simon Cowell's Syco label. Subsequently signed to sister label RCA - both are part of Sony Music - Burke reached number three with Elephant (feat. Erick Morillo) but follow-up Let It Go has struggled. After debuting at number 33 last week, it now tumbles to number 74 (4,461 sales), while Burke's debut RCA album Heartbreak On Hold debuts at number 18, with first week sales of just 6,731 copies.

Also new to the Top 40: Souvenir: The Singles 2004-2012 by The Kaiser Chiefs (number 19, 6,723 sales), Ultimate Hits: Rock And Roll Never Forgets by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (number 30, 4,742 sales), Iron Man: The Best Of Black Sabbath (number 34, 4,112 sales) and Ladyhawke's Anxiety (number 36, 3,910 sales).

Coldplay were conspicuously absent from the Diamond Jubilee Concert but benefitted from their own sell-out gigs at Sunderland and Manchester in the week. With single Princess Of China - a collaboration with Rihanna - also increasing sales and exposure, their Mylo Xyloto album is back in the top five after an absence of 18 weeks, dashing 11-5 (12,207 sales).

Adele wasn't at the Diamond Jubilee Concert either. If she had accepted the invitation to appear - and a similar offer to grace the final of The Voice UK - there is no doubt that her 21 album would be pressing for chart honours once again. Instead, it is the end of an era as, after falling 3-10 last week, the album slips to number 12 (9,609 sales), marking its departure from the Top 10 for the first time, after a glorious 71 week residency. Although albums have had longer runs in the Top 10 - South Pacific tops the list, spending 276 weeks in the Top 10, the first 180 without a break - 21 has the longest consecutive run for any album by a female artist. However, it is one short of the cumulative record for weeks in the Top 10 for an album by a female solo artist: Lady GaGa's The Fame and Amy Winehouse's Back To Black have each racked up 72 weeks in the Top 10.

Albums in the Top 10 not mentioned thus far: Paloma Faith's Fall To Grace slips 2-3 (14,373 sales); The Bee Gees' Number Ones jumps 7-4 (13,122 sales); Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events holds at number six (11,98 sales); Rihanna's Talk That Talk improves 9-8 (11,074 sales); Rumer's Boys Don't Cry dips 3-9 (10,519 sales).

After debuting in the Top 10 last week, there are big second week declines for Russell Watson's Anthems (5-14, 8,363 sales), Scissor Sisters' Magic Hour (4-25, 5,286 sales) and Sigur Ros' Valtari (8-48, 3,196 sales).

Now That's What I Call Music! 81 tops the compilation chart for the 10th week in a row, on sales of 18,392 copies.

Overall album sales are up 1.22% week-on-week at 1,563,945 - 16.51% below same week 2011 sales of 1,873,198.

SINGLES: Gary Barlow and The Commonwealth Band have got something to sing about this week, as their song of that name catapults to the top of the singles chart, while their identically-titled album remains at number one.

The first single to jump 11-1 since 1988, when teen star Glenn Medeiros' debut hit Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You completed a 61-36-11-1 ascent, Sing increased sales week-on-week by 338.91% to 142,470 - the highest weekly sale for a number one for 25 weeks.

Gary Barlow's 14th number one single (he has had 11 with Take That and two solo) as an artist, Sing is his 11th as a writer, following Take That's Pray, Babe, Sure, Everything Changes, Back For Good, Never Forget, Patience, Shine and Greatest Day, and The Official BBC Children In Need Medley by Peter Kay's Animated All-Star Band. He co-wrote Sing with Andrew Lloyd Webber, for whom it is the fourth number one following Julie Covington's Don't Cry For Me Argentina (1977), Jason Donovan's Any Dream Will Do (1991) and Boyzone's No Matter What (1998).

Sing is but the most conspicuous of a plethora of tracks to benefit from the Diamond Jubilee Concert. The most obvious direct beneficiaries are Domino by Jessie J (50-32, 11,159 sales), Stevie Wonder's 1973 number 11 hit Superstition (a re-entry at number 52, 6,998 sales) and The A Team by Ed Sheeran (see album analysis). All were performed on the night by the acts named. Organiser Gary Barlow's performance on Need You Now with Cheryl Cole has no recorded equivalent, but it gave a huge boost to Lady Antebellum's original, which re-enters the chart at number 22. Although that's a notch below its 2010 chart peak, its sales last week (17,603) are by far its highest weekly tally, and lift overall sales of the track to 214,997.

With Sing at number one, and debuts at number two for Flo Rida's Whistle and at number five for Usher's Scream, three of the top five are songs with one word titles which are both verbs and things you can do with your mouth.

Beaten to the chart by a soundalike version credited to Can You Blow My, Flo Rida's Whistle blew up big when finally unleashed on Tuesday (5th). It galloped to first week sales of 78,205, although its late release meant that Can You Blow's version prospered early in the week, and eventually sold a further 9,122 copies to climb 55-38. Whistle is Flo Rida's 17th Top 75 entry and his ninth Top 10 hit.

Scream is Usher's 23rd Top 75 entry, and his 15th Top 10 hit. Arriving at number five on sales of 48,584 copies, it is the second single from Usher's new album Looking 4 Myself, which was issued today (12th) and also houses recent number four hit, Climax.

Looking to secure his third straight number one - he topped with Louder last July and Hot Right Now in February - DJ Fresh falls somewhat short, with The Power (Feat. Dizzee Rascal) debuting at number six (48,406 sales).

Nelly Furtado has her highest charting hit as a primary artist since 2007, with Big Hoops (Bigger The Better) debuting at number 14 (22,367 sales). It is the first single from her upcoming album, The Spirit Indestructible.

Dot Rotten has his first Top 40 hit, debuting at number 15 (20,911 sales) with Overload (feat. TMS).

Aiden Grimshaw becomes the sixth finalist from the seventh (2010) season of The X Factor to have a hit single, following winner Matt Cardle, Mary Byrne, One Direction, Rebecca Ferguson and Cher Lloyd. Grimshaw's Is This Love debuts at number 35 (9,752 sales) more than 18 months after he finished ninth in the competition, so it must be pretty sobering for Leanne Mitchell that her debut single - a cover of Whitney Houston's hit Run To You - manages a less lofty number 45 debut (7,771 sales) only a week after she won the BBC's rival talent show The Voice UK. Incidentally, Matt Cardle's debut single, When We Collide has finally racked up its millionth sale. It sold 187 copies last week to raise its cumulative tally to 1,000,167. It is the 123rd single to sell a million copies in the UK, and the fourth by an X Factor contestant, behind Shayne Ward's 2005 debut That's My Goal (1,101,108), Leona Lewis' 2007 hit Bleeding Love (1,037,246) and Alexandra Burke's 2008 debut Hallelujah (1,237,436).

Justin Bieber scores his fifth Top 40 hit in nine weeks with All Around The World debuting at number 30 (11,790 sales). It is already the 14th Top 75 hit for the 18 year old Canadian, and the third from his upcoming album Believe, following Boyfriend and Die In Your Arms. It reunites him with Ludacris, with whom he paired for the 2010 number three hit Baby, which remains his biggest seller, with sales to date of 442,432 copies.

Coldplay secure their 13th Top 10 hit, and Rihanna her 22nd, with their collaboration Princess Of China jumping 13-8 (36,392 sales). Rihanna's latest solo hit,. Where Have You Been, eases 6-9 (32,532 sales).

All of last week's top five are in retreat. Rudimental's Feel The Love (feat. John Newman) dips 1-4 (51,974 sales), We Are Young falls 2-3 (53,538 sales) for Fun feat. Janelle Monae and Eurovision winner Euphoria slides 3-13 (24,201 sales) for Loreen. Lawson's debut hit, When You Were Mine suffers an even more precipitous 4-24 slide (16,315 sales) on its second week, and Carly Rae Jepson's Call Me Maybe falls 5-7 (39,635 sales).

After debuting at number 31 a fortnight ago on two days sales, Kylie Minogue's new single Timebomb stalled last week but now heads down, falling to number 56 (6,770 sales).

Overall singles sales are up 1.11% week-on-week at 3,590,104 - that's their highest level for 15 weeks, and 13.35% above same week 2011 sales of 3,167,407.


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