Official Charts Analysis: Sam & The Womp top 100k sales to hit No.1

Official Charts Analysis: Sam & The Womp top 100k sales to hit No.1

ALBUMS: Only able to top the chart for a week on its first three visits to the summit, Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events extends its current residency to a fortnight. With the Olympic effect fading, however, its sales dip 17.00% week-on-week to 25,581. Its overall sales since its release in February now stand at 646,883. It draws ever closer to Adele's 21 at the top of the year-to-date rankings. 21 moves 17-15 this week, with sales of 5,981 copies taking its year-to-date tally to 653,157 - a lead of just 6,274.

Number one on early sales flashes, Bloc Party's fourth studio album - Four - debuts at number three on sales of 15,811 copies. Arriving six weeks after first single Octopus peaked at number 121, it is the lowest opening week sale yet for an album by the band. Their debut album, Silent Alarm, opened at number three in 2005 on sales of 61,737, follow-up A Weekend In The City shot straight to number two in 2007 on sales of 72,864 copies and most recent release, Intimacy, debuted an number eight on sales of 26,916 in 2008. Overall Bloc Party album sales stand at 1,086,701.

After surging 87-50 last week to become Paloma Faith's sixth Top 75 single, 30 Minute Love Affair - the second single from Faith's second album, Fall To Grace – slips to number 51 (6,067 sales). The album continues to prosper however, remaining at its peak position of number two, with sales up 2.90% week-on-week at 21,280.

Glam rock throwbacks The Darkness are back in harness, and delivered their third album last week, seven years after their second. Debuting at number four (12,529 sales), the album is called Hot Cakes. The band's debut album, Permission To Land, debuted at number two (40,469 sales) in 2003, and seven weeks later started a four week run at number one. It has sold 1,390,371 copies. Follow-up One Way Ticket To Hell And Back debuted and peaked at number 11 (67,605 sales) in 2005, and went on to sell 213,344 copies.

Amazingly only the chart's second solo Jessie (Jessie J was the first), 27 year old Londoner Jessie Ware nibbled at the singles chart in June, reaching number 61 with 110%, and again a fortnight ago, when Wildest Moments charted. The latter single jumps 73-46 (6,547 sales) this week, while Ware’s first album Devotion, containing similarly smart pop/soul confections, debuts at number five (9,319 sales).

Trey Songz has also landed two songs on the singles chart in recent weeks, and he also makes his Top 75 album chart debut this week. The difference is, that as its title suggests, his Chapter V album is his fifth release. It debuts at number 10 (6,585 sales) for the 27 year old US R&B singer, whose only previous appearance in the Top 200 came in 2010, when his fourth album, Passion, Pain & Pleasure reached number 167. It is his biggest seller to date, with sales of 20,141 copies.

With first single Is This Love peaking at number 35 in June, and follow-up Curtain Call reaching number 49 last week, Aiden Grimshaw's debut album, Misty Eye acquits itself better than might have been expected, debuting at number 19 (5,757 sales). The 20 year old from Blackpool is the sixth contestant from the finals of the seventh (2010) season of The X Factor to have a hit album - the highest number for any season. The others: winner Matt Cardle's Letters, which reached number two and has sold 271,033 copies; runners-up One Direction's Up All Night (number two, 682,079 sales); third placed Rebecca Ferguson's Heaven (number three, 536,960 sales); fourth placed Cher Lloyd's Sticks & Stones (number four, 224,198 sales); fifth placed Mary Byrne's Mine & Yours (number six, 59,593 sales) and With Love (number 28, 14,677 sales). Grimshaw finished ninth, incidentally.

Elsewhere on the Top 75 there are debuts for 1: Greatest Hits (number 18, 5,790 sales), the new compilation from 68 year old Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias; American singer/songwriter Adam Young's third chart album as Owl City, The Midsummer Station (number 34,  3,281 sales);  the politically-charged (pro Obama) Election Special (number 41, 2,765 sales), the 10th chart album from 65 year old LA guitar virtuoso Ry Cooder; Bill Fay - who makes his first ever chart appearance with third album, Life Is People (number 58, 2,134 sales); and Pink (number 74, 1,782 sales), the fourth chart album by electronic musician Kieran Hebden under his Four Tet guise. Bill Fay’s chart debut is notable insofar as the cult singer/songwriter from London, who is in his late sixties, last released an album - Time Of The Last Persecution – in 1971.

The influence of the Olympics fades with Ed Sheeran's + (down 3-6,  8,347 sales), Jessie J's Who You Are (7-13, 6,131 sales) and Elbow's The Seldom Seen Kid (6-23, 4,686 sales) among the losers.

Noel Gallagher's performance at The V Festival in Chelmsford helped his High Flying Birds to secure a higher chart perch for the fourth week in a row. The album, which has been in the Top 75 ever since its release 45 weeks ago, jumps 20-16 (5,866 sales) to achieve its highest chart placing for 25 weeks.

Back in Britain to play the Leeds and Reading Festivals, Black Keys make the Top 10 for the first time, with latest album El Camino dashing 50-7 (7,725 sales). Maintaining a continuous presence in the Top 75 since its release 38 weeks ago, the album previously peaked 25 weeks ago at number 16, and has thus far sold 216,022 copies.  

Now That's What I Call Music! 82 is number one compilation for the fifth week in a row (44,799 sales).

Overall album sales are up 2.23% week-on-week at 1,441,556 – 14.61% below same week 2011 sales of 1,688,221.

SINGLES: London-based but undeniably cosmopolitan, with a sound that is influenced by the music of The Balkans, Sam & The Womp debut at number one with their introductory single Bom Bom attracting first week sales of 107,461 copies. Its release cuts short the chart career of soundalike spoiler Big Hits 2012's version of the track, which got to number 65 last week but now exits the Top 200.

It also brings to an end the one week reign of Rita Ora's How We Do (Party), which slips to number two (57,693 sales). Wiley’s Heatwave (feat. Ms. D) also slips a notch, falling 2-3 (42,369 sales).

Taylor Swift is a phenomenon in America, where her 47th Hot 100 entry We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together rockets 72-1 this week after selling a massive 623,000 copies. In the UK, Swift reached number two with 2009 debut hit Love Song but none of eight subsequent chart entries here managed to breach the Top 20. That changes this week, as We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together storms to a number five debut (35,970 sales).

Absent from the chart for the best part of two years, Devlin storms back - and registers his first ever Top 10 entry, with Watchtower (number seven, 31,671 sales), the introductory single from his upcoming second album, A Moving Picture. Featuring vocals from Ed Sheeran, the track is an adaptation of the Bob Dylan song All Along The Watchtower, a number five hit for The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1968.  

In five visits to the singles chart between 2003 and 2008, Simple Plan never made the Top 20. But the French Canadian band, now all 30-somethings, make it with ease this week, debuting at number 12 (23,133 sales) with Summer Paradise. Not content with releasing a single with the same initials as the band, it is also a collaboration with another SP - Jamaican reggae singer Sean Paul, for whom the track is the 13th Top 20 hit to date.

Not released until Thursday, the Owl City/Carly Rae Jepsen collaboration Good Time nevertheless racked up 17,947 sales by close of business on Saturday to debut at number 17.

With 842,409 sales, Fun’s debut smash We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monae) is the third biggest hit of 2012. Falling 28-31 on its 20th week (10,766 sales), the track is joined in the Top 40 this week by follow-up Some Nights, which leaps 45-24 (13,498 sales).

Muse’s Olympic anthem Survival dips 22-58 (6,338 sales) while follow-up Madness debuts at number 35 (9,119 sales).

With Channel 4 increasing the frequency of its Paralympics trailers, the song used in its promos - Public Enemy's 2007 recording Harder Than You Think - rockets 56-11 (23,820 sales) beating the number 27 peak it scaled during an earlier phase of Paralympics promotion last month. It is also now the highest charting single of their 25 year career, replacing He Got Game, which got to number 16 in 1998.

While The Paralympics powers Public Enemy's rise, the effects of the Olympics are fading on a host of other tracks. Among the losers: Emeli Sande's Read All About It Part 3 slips 3-4 (37,277 sales), Elbow's One Day Like This slides 4-18 (17,531 sales) and Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill descends 6-33 (9,842 sales).

The fastest fade comes from George Michael's White Light, which slumps 15-66 (4,199 sales).

Nine different songs entitled Wonderful have made the Top 75 over the years but the only ones to make the Top 10 are Ja Rule's 2004 chart-topper of that name, which also features R. Kelly and Ashanti - and Angel's, which finally arrives in the Top 10 this week after a slow climb. Moving 20-20-19-12-11-9, the track sold 26,955 copies last week, and is Angel's second hit, following Go In, Go Hard, a number 41 hit (feat. Wretch 32) in March.

Overall singles sales are down 1.14% week-on-week at 3,379,982 – 8.29% above same week 2011 sales of 3,121,115.  


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