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US charts: Alex Clare breaks into Hot 100 Top 10

Paul Williams
US charts: Alex Clare breaks into Hot 100 Top 10

Alex Clare's long-running Too Close has broken into the Billboard Hot 100's Top 10 after nearly half a year on the survey.

The track, which owes much of its initial commercial success to its use in a Microsoft Internent Explorer 9 ad campaign, climbs 15-10 this week as download sales are further boosted by it featuring in Fox TV's So You Think You Can Dance. The track sold 127,000 downloads last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a 50% rise on the previous week and taking its cumulative US tally to 1.48 million. At the same time his album The Lateness Of The Hour lifts 108-74 on the Billboard 200 having previously peaked at 48.

While Too Close has been on the Hot 100 for 24 weeks, Ellie Goulding's Lights has an even longer chart run behind it - 38 weeks - and falls this week 5-4, having peaked at 2. Ahead of it, Taylor Swift's We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together climbs back to No 1 after a seven-day gap to give it three non-consecutive weeks at the top. This is the longest run for a country track since the Lionel Richie-penned Lady spent six weeks ar No 1 for Kenny Rogers in 1980. The Swift recording is the week's top-selling download, having shifted another 248,000 copies last week. She also has the second top seller with her charity single Ronan debuting with 211,000 sales. On the composite Hot 100, which is compiled from a mixture of sales, airplay and streaming, it is new at 16. The song is named after Ronan, a three-year-old who died from cancer, and is raising money for the Taylor Swift Charitable Fund.

Maroon 5's One Night climbs 3-2 on the Hot 100, while Flo Rida's Whistle drops 1-3 and Fun's Some Night's progresses 5-4 to swap places with Ellie Goulding's Lights.

Among the other Brits in Hot 100 action, Cher Lloyd's Want U Back drops 21-17 as One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful holds at 29. Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo's Let's Go is down 25-30 and The Wanted hits Glad You Came and Chasing The Sun drop 38-45 and 77-92 respectively. Having hit a peak of 69 last week, Ed Sheeran's The A Team stays put this week as his album + continues to show endurance on the Billbaord 200, climbing 58-45 after 13 weeks. The decline of Mumford & Sons' I Will Wait slows as it drops 68-75 after five weeks, while Muse's Madness is back up, having dropped 84-95 a week ago. It now climbs to 91 on its third week on the chart. Nero's Promises falls 84-94.

Having hit a new chart peak of 14 in the US last week, Matchbox Twenty score their first albums No 1 in their native US with North. Their first full studio album in a decade, it sold 95,000 copies last week, 53% of the total its predecessor More Than You hink You Are opened with in 2002 to debut at 6.

Rock claims the Billboard 200's top two places as the Las Vegas alternative act Imagine Dragons debut in runners-up position with Night Visions on the back of 83,000 sales.

A week after Christian rock act TobyMac debuted at No 1 with Eye On It, Christian hip hop artist Lecrae starts at 4 with Gravity, which sold 72,000 copies last week. TobyMac's own album is down to 8 as sales drop 63% to 26,000, while ahead of it Now 43 holds at 4 with sales down 14% to 35,000, Carrie Underwood's Blown Away rises 8-5 with a 7% retail lift to 29,000, Maroon 5's Overexposed remains at 6 with sales dropping 5% to 29,000 and 2 Chainz's Based On A T.R.U. Story keeps its position of 7, although sales drop 13% to 26,000.

Trey Songz's former No 1 Chapter V futher declines 3-9 with a 43% sales drop to 24,000, while Cat Power scores her first ever Billboard 200 Top 10 album with 23,000 sales enough for Sun to debut at 10. Her previous peak of 12 was achieved by Jukebox in 2008.

For only the second time ever Adele's 21 is not in the Top 10. Having returned to the top table last week after a seven-day absence, it now drops 10-13, while also further missing is One Direction's Up All Night. Slipping out of the Top 10 last week for only the second occasion, it remains at 12. Meanwhile, Two Door Cinema Club's second album Beacon debuts at 17.

US album sales last week were down 2.9% on the week and a whooping 13.3% lower than the equivalent week in 2011 with 4.76 million units sold. Year-to-date sales are 202.18 million, 4.9% lower than at this stage a year ago. More positively, one-track sales were up 2.9% on the week and were 9.4% higher than the same week last year at 23.25 million, taking the year-to-date tally to 939.56 million. This is 5.6% higher than a year ago.

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Tags: one direction, taylor swift, matchbox 20, Ellie Goulding, Adele, Flo Rida, Alex Clare, Maroon 5

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