Payphone - the introductory single from Maroon 5's Overexposed - topped the chart last week, whereas Burn It Down, the first from Linkin Park's Living Things, climbed no higher than number 27 in April. Despite this, it is Linkin Park who take the title, with Living Things debuting in pole position on sales of 41,526 copies. They previously opened at number one with with Meteora (2003, 93,886 sales) and Minutes To Midnight (2007, 94,501 sales) but had to settle for second place with last album A Thousand Suns, whose 2010 opening tally of 46,711 left them well short of The Script's Science & Faith (70,816).
Maroon 5's fourth album, Overexposed sold 38,717 copies to debut at number two. It certainly represents a recovery from third album, Hands All Over, which debuted at number six on sales of 16,496 copies in 2010. The band's second album, It Won't Be Soon Before Long debuted at number one in 2007, on first week sales of 73,517, building on the massive success of their debut album Songs About Jane, which opened quietly - debuting at number 59 on sales of 3,395 copies in 2004 - but eventually reached number one on sales of 46,998 copies 30 weeks later, and sold a massive 141,522 copies in its peak week. It remains their biggest seller, with a to date tally of 1,98?, making it the 36th biggest selling artist album of the 21st century.
It is the first time that American groups have debuted in the chart's top two positions simultaneously since November 2008, when The Killers' Day & Age took precedence over Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy.
Linkin Park's only collaborator Jay-Z - their Collision Course set has sold 413,533 copies - is also back in the Top 10 as his Watch The Throne album, a joint project with Kanye West, races to its highest chart placing in 45 weeks. The pair performed a rapturously received televised set at the BBC's Hackney Weekend which - along with exposure for Watch The Throne's fourth hit single No Church In The Wild, and a current price tag of £3.99 as Amazon and £4 at Asda - helps Watch The Throne to leap 20-7 (11,902 sales). The album's only higher placings came last Autumn, when it debuted at number three (30,856), then slipped to number four, before exiting the Top 10. Two singles from the album also make big gains: N****s In Paris (number 10 in March) charges 44-18 (17,455 sales) while No Church In The Wild - which also features Frank Ocean - jumps 41-37 (8,384 sales) to make its Top 40 debut. Jay-Z's 2008 solo single, 99 Problems, surges 108-58 (5,077 sales).
Flo Rida's fourth album, Wild Ones debuts in the Top 10 after spinning off three top five singles. Home to the number one hit Good Feeling, the number four title track (feat. Sia) and Whistle, which spent a fortnight at number one last month, the album opens at number eight (11,383 sales). While that's down on Flo Rida's top album, Roots (Route Of Overcoming The Struggle), which debuted and peaked at number five (20,261 sales) in 2008, it is a vast improvement on the follow-up to that, Only One Flo (Part 1) which debuted and peaked at number 179 (2,191 sales) in 2010, despite spawning the number one single Club Can't Handle Me (feat. David Guetta) and two lesser hits. Flo Rida has one of the biggest disparities between singles and albums sales of any act in the 21st century, selling more than 25 times as many singles as albums. Up to close of business on Saturday, he had sold 5,557,242 singles (3,958,204 as a primary artist) but just 221,381 albums.
The Wildhearts charted seven albums between 1993 and 2009, only two of which made the Top 40 - but band leader Ginger makes his solo chart debut this week with 100% (number 27, 4,718 sales). The album is a 12 song distillation of 555%, a 30 song fan-funded triple CD distributed only to those who pledged money for the project.
Once it sounded like someone rattling pots and pans in the kitchen but drum & bass has evolved significantly in recent years, with artists like Pendulum, Chase & Status, DJ Fresh and Nero all achieving mainstream success. Belgian D&B producer Netsky is the latest to break through, debuting at number 29 (4,316 sales) this week, with his second album, 2. Netsky's self-titled 2010 album has never made the Top 200, although it has sold nearly 16,000 copies to date.
It's nearly 17 years since The Levellers scored their one and only number one album and seven years since they had a Top 40 single but the Brighton band, which first charted in 1991, still has enough followers to rack up its ninth chart album, debuting at number 36 (3,835 sales) with Static On The Airwaves, its 12th studio album.
Also new this week: Days Go By (number 43, 3,452 sales), the eight chart album by The Offspring; L'Enfant Sauvage (number 53 , 2,684 sales), the fifth album but first chart entry from French death metal band Gojira; Synthetica (number 51, 2,914 sales), the debut album by Canadian indie band Metric, that recently reached number two in their homeland; Young Love (number 63, 2,241 sales), the third chart album by Jedward.
Five weeks ago it was at number three but Adele's 21 has gone into decline since then, and reaches a career low for the fourth time in five weeks, sliding 14-15 (7,756 sales) this week.
All of last week's top five are also in decline: Justin Bieber's Believe dips 1-4 (13,439 sales), Cheryl's A Million Lights slips 2-6 (13,100 sales), Paloma Faith's Fall To Grace nips 3-10 (9,827 sales), Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events blips 4-5 (13,395 sales) and Amy Macdonald's Life In A Beautiful Light trips 5-11 (8,869 sales).
Overall album sales are up 4.93% week-on-week at 1,566,906 - 13.34% below same week 2011 sales of 1,808,112.
SINGLES: Will.I.Am scores his seventh number one single but his first as a primary solo artist, debuting in pole position with This Is Love, the second single from his upcoming (fourth) solo album, #willpower. Amazingly, the only Americans to have more number ones are Elvis Presley (18), Madonna (13) and Michael Jackson (8, including one with The Jacksons).
Will scored five number ones with his band, Black Eyed Peas between 2003 and 2010, and another (in 2010) as featured rapper on Usher's hit O.M.G. Solo, in collaborations and with Black Eyed Peas, he has a total of 34 Top 75 entries since 1998, and has sold 9,477,698 singles.
The first single from #willpower, T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever), debuted and peaked at number three in February, achieving first week sales of 53,977, and featuring guest vocals from Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger. The lesser known Eva Simons - a Dutch singer whose only previous chart appearance was on Afrojack's 2010 number 24 hit, Take Over Control - is featured on This Is Love, which nevertheless turns in a much better first week sale of 102,320. Following on from number one sales of 141,410 for Payphone last week, 152,001 for Call My Name a fortnight ago and 142,470 for Sing three weeks ago, it marks the first time that the number one single has topped the 100,000 mark for four weeks in a row, since 2009, when the number one single shifted six figure quantities for eight weeks in a row (weeks 42-49). It's the first time that we've had new number ones debuting with sales of more than 100,000 since May/June 2002, when five number one debuts in a row managed it, each selling more than its predecessor: Kiss Kiss by Holly Valance (143,408), If Tomorrow Never Comes by Ronan Keating (147,610), Just A Little by Liberty X (153,219), Without Me by Eminem (165,669) and Light My Fire by Will Young (176,707).
This Is Love is Britain's 1200th number one. The first 600 took exactly 35 years - from 14 November 1962, when Here In My Heart by Al Martino was the first number one, to 14 November 1987, when T'Pau's China In Your Hands was the 600th. The last 600 have taken a little shy of 25 years, with the last 100 taking exactly three years.
In pursuit of his second straight number one single from upcoming album Fortune, Chris Brown falls short with Don't Wake Me Up debuting at number three - but its first week sales of 89,223 are 6.50% above the 83,777 sales that earned its predecessor, Turn Up The Music pole position on its debut 13 weeks ago.
After the disappointing showing of his last single, Hangover - which peaked at number 27, despite the added attraction of Flo Rida - Taio Cruz is back on track, debuting at number 12 (24,357 sales) with There She Goes. Cruz's 17th hit, it is the fourth from his third album TY.O, which was released over much of Europe last year but which, puzzlingly, is not scheduled for release here until December.
The Official Song Of The London 2012 Olympics, Muse's new single Survival was released on Wednesday, and sold 14,595 copies by the end of the week, to debut at number 25. It is Muse's 25th Top 75 entry since they made their chart debut 13 years ago last week.
With Will.I.Am;s new single becoming the seventh number one in as many weeks, last week's topper, Payphone, dips to number two (92,318 sales) for Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa. Cheryl's Call My Name slips 2-5 (47,432 sales), and Flo Rida's Whistle descends 3-4 (61,198 sales).
It is amazing to think that it is still less than two years since Nicki Minaj made her chart debut. The US-based Trinidadian's 17th Top 75 hit since then - Pound The Alarm - becomes her 11th Top 40 entry, rising 61-34 (9,222 sales). It is the second single from her second album, Pink Friday - Roman Reloaded which rebounds 28-20 (5,790 sales). Starships - the first single from the album - is Minaj's biggest-selling single to date. Number two in March, Starships rallies 21-19 (16,991 sales) on its 20th week in the chart and has thus far sold 678,802 copies, of Minaj's overall singles tally of 3,556,107.
Overall singles sales are up 3.18% week-on-week at 3,529,896 - 14.07% above same week 2011 sales of 3,094,562.