Bastille and The 1975 have gone straight into the Billboard 200's Top 40, boosting the fortunes of UK acts across the Atlantic.
Bastille's debut Bad Blood starts at No 11, having risen as high as No 2 last week on the iTunes US store's chart, while The 1975's self-titled first album arrives at 28. Both debuts come ahead of forthcoming tours by the British bands with Bastille set to play a series of North American dates starting in San Diego, California, this coming Monday (Sepetmber 16), while The 1975's tour there will begin on October 5 when they perform at the Music in the Middle Modern Festival in Woodbury, Tennessee.
Bastille also make progress on the Hot 100 chart with Pompeii reversing its decline this week to lift 88-72, although does so as its weekly download sales drop 15% to 16,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. However, it is continuing to make progress on the radio, incuding climbing 10-9 this week on Billboard's Rock Songs chart.
The strong debuts by Bastille and The 1975 instantly make the pair the highest-ranking British acts on the Billboard 200, which is now led by US singer and actress Ariana Grande. The 20-year-old's debut Yours Truly sold 138,000 copies last week as R&B singer Tamar Braxton starts at No 2 with 114,000 copies sold. Braxton's only previous album, Tamar, charted at No 127 back in 2000.
Directly below them are two more new entries with Nine Inch Nails' Hesitation Marks, their first studio effort since 2008, starting at No 3 with 107,000 copies sold and John Legend scoring a sixth consecutive Top 10 hit with 68,000 sales carrying Love In The Future to No 4. For Trent Reznor asd his Nine Inch Nails colleagues, the new album returns them to the Top 10 for the first time since Year Zero debuted and peaked at No 2 in 2007. That was also their last album on a major (Nothing/Interscope) with the following two albums independent releases. These peaked at 13 and 14 respectively, while the new album is on Sony-owned Columbia.
Country act Luke Bryan drops 2-5 as sales of Crash My Party fall 26% to 68,000, while R&B star Jaheim completes the Top 10's brand new entries with Apprecation Day entering at No 6 after selling 58,000 copies. Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines drops 5-7, despite its sales increasing 3% to 57,000 and Avenged Sevenfold's Hail To The King plummets from No 1 to No 8 with sales reduced by 74% to 42,000 units. Sales of Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience are also up 3% to 38,000, but like Blurred Lines it slips in the rankings - 6-9 - and Imagine Dragons' Night Visions returns to the Top 10 with sales up 44% to 35,000 to lift it 16-10. Thicke, Timberlake and Imagine Dragons' albums were all part of a iTunes promotion, reducing their price to $6.99.
One Direction's third album Midnight Memories is not out in the States until November 26, but both its standard and deluxe versions have been occupying places in the iTunes US Top 10 based on pre-orders. Ahead of that and no doubt fuelled by the band's movie, their current album Up All Night gains nine places on the Billboard 200 this week to No 58 as the single Best Song Ever holds at No 20 on the Hot 100. That makes it the chart's highest-ranked UK act, just ahead of Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding's I Need Your Love, which climbs back up 24-23.
Although his album All The Little Lights continues to drop down the Billboard 200, falling 118-136, Passenger's Let Her Go single is back up the Hot 100 after slipping last week. It improves 63-52 as its weekly sales rise 12% to 44,000 units. Coldplay, meanwhile, score their 13th Hot 100 hit with Atlas debuting at 75, while Mika is back inside the Hot 100 for the first time since 2007 and only for the third time in total. Popular Song featuring Billboard 200 chart-topper Ariana Grande is new at 87 and follows Grace Kelly, which peaked at 57, and Love Today, whcih made it to 92.
Katy Perry's Roar is No 1 for a second week on the Hot 100, although its download sales drop 17% to 373,000 units. Robin Thicke holds at 2 with Blurred Lines featuring TI and Pharrell Williams having previously spent 12 weeks at No 1, while 16-year-old New Zealander Lorde vaults 8-3 with Royals as its digital sales lift 34% to 225,000 copies. Jay Z's Joly Grail with Justin Timberlake is up 5-4 and Avicii breaches the US top five for the first time with Wake Me Up climbing 7-5.
Having debuted at No 3 last week, Eminem's Berzek makes a hasty decline, dropping to 10 as its download sales slip 48% to 187,000, while Lady Gaga's Applause is also on the way down, declining 6-7.
US album sales rose 4.1% last week to 5.1 million units and were 6.3% higher than the equivalent week in 2012. This helped to slightly narrow the year-to-date deficit with 191.0m milllion copies having been sold so far in 2013, 5.5% lower than 12 months ago. However, the one-track tallies are all negative with sales down 1.3% week-on-week and 4.3% lower than the corresponding week last year to stand at 22.3 million units, while year-to-date sales are 910.3 million units, a 3.1% annual drop.