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US charts: Brits in stunning week on Billboard countdowns

Paul Williams
US charts: Brits in stunning week on Billboard countdowns

Mumford & Sons, Muse and One Direction head a banner week for UK acts in the US with four Brits in the Billboard 200 Top 10 and the second highest ever British debut on the Hot 100.

Having deuted at No 1 last week with the highest first-week sales of the year, Mumford make it two weeks at the top of the albums survey, despite sales dropping by 72% week-on-week to 169,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Their biggest competition came from fellow Brits Muse whose The 2nd Law debuts at 2 to secure the band a new peak on the Billboard 200 after selling 101,000 copies. They previously scaled as high as 3 with The Resistance, although that began with a higher first-week tally of 128,000 copies following its release in September 2009.

Mumford & Sons at 1 and Muse at 2 means the top two places are occupied by British rock acts for the first time since May 1992 when Def Leppard's Adrenalize led the countdown and The Cure's Wish was runner-up. However, the good news does not end there for the UK on the chart with two other British albums in the Top 10. Cher Lloyd's first album Sticks & Stones is new at 9 after selling 31,000 copies, while veteran Van Morrison equals his highest Billboard 200 peak with Born To Sing: No Plan B starting at 10 with 29,000 sales. His 2008 set Keep It Simple also debuted and peaked at 10.

Four albums by British acts in the Top 10 is impressive, but this has been such a strong year for UK acts Stateside that the last time it happened was only back in August. Then One Direction's Up All Night climbed 7-4, Bee Gees' Number Ones was at 5, Adele's 21 progressed 9-8 and Joss Stone's Soul Sessions Vol 2 entered at 10.

One Direction are responsible for the other big chart story coming from the US this week for British acts. Their track Live While We're Young debuts at 3 on the Hot 100, the second highest entry on the countdown of all time by UK talent and one bettered only by Elton John's Something About The Way You Look Tonight/Candle In The Wind 1997 charting at No 1 in September 1997. One Direction are joined in the Top 10 by Adele whose Skyfall debuts at 8, making it the first week ever that two tracks by British artists have simultaneously debuted inside the Top 10. The Top 10 welcomes a third brand new entry: Taylor Swift's Red at 6.

The One Direction track sold 341,000 copies last week to make it the US's top-selling download (the Hot 100 is compiled from a mixture of sales, airplay and streaming). It is the first time since this January when Adele's Set Fire To The Rain was the top seller that a single by a UK act has led this list. Its weekly sale is also the highest by a Brit since another Adele track Rolling In The Deep, sold 353,000 units in a week in May 2011.

One Direction and Adele's tracks are among a very high 16 by UK acts on the Hot 100 with seven of them by Mumford & Sons. These are led by I Will climbing 57-32 (it previously debuted and peaked at 23), while their other entries are Babel (60-66), Whispers In The Dark (86-81), Holland Road (92-84), Ghosts That We Knew (94-88), Lover's Eyes (85-94) and Lover Of The Light (new at 97).

As Alex Clare's Too Close drops 9-10 and Ellie Goulding's Lights 12-15, Ed Sheeran's The A Team continues to progress, moving 48-45 in its 15th week on ther chart. His album + is in exactly the same position on the Billboard 200, climbing 55-45. Meanwhile, Muse's Survival progresses 69-64 as Maroon 5's One More Night continues to hold off PSY's Gangnam Style to spend a fourth week at No 1.

Back on the Billboard 200 and R&B singer Miguel is new at 3 after shifting 71,000 copies of Kaleidoscope Dream. Pink's The Truth About Love remains at 4 as sales fall 45% to 52,000 and rock band Three Days Grace start at 5 with Transit Of Venus after it sold 48,000 copies. Diana Krall secures a fifth Top 10 hit with Glad Rag Doll's 46,000 first-week sales enough for it to debut at 6, while former America's Got Talent runner-up Jackie Evancho is new at 7 with Songs From The Silver Screen. It sold 41,000 copies last week. Up a place to 8, despite sales dropping 8% to 31,000, is Little BIg Town's Tornando.

Adele's 21 is now only the Billboard 200's fifth-biggest UK album as it holds at 14, while Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More drops 12-20. In contrast to their excellent start on the Hot 100, One Direction continue to sip on the albums survey with Up All Night down 22-26.

The US albums market rose 6.3% week-on-week last week to 5.35 million units, while beat the equivalent week in 2011 by 4.2%. Year-to-date sales now stand at 223.78 million units, 4.2% lower than at the same stage last year.

Digital tracks lifted 1.1% on the week and were 13.2% higher than the corresponding week in 2011 at 23.31 million units, while some 1.032 billion one-track downloads have been sold in the year so far, 6.1% better than 12 months ago.

 

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Tags: one direction, muse, cher lloyd, Mumford & Sons, Adele, P!nk, Pink, Maroon 5, PSY, Little Big Town, van morrison, The Cure, Def Leppard, Diana Krall, Miguel, Jackie Evancho

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