US charts: Phil Collins makes surprise Top 10 return

Paul Williams
US charts: Phil Collins makes surprise Top 10 return

Phil Collins is back in the Billboard 200's Top 10 for the first time in more than two decades after a 99 cents Amazon promotion sends his Hits album up to No 6.

The 1998 retrospective, which originally peaked at 18, sold 40,000 copies last week with sales rising by a stunning 4,575% week-on-week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It is part of the latest round of big discounts by the online retailer, which priced the digital version of the album at 99 cents for one day, as it did with Bruno Mars' Doo-Wops & Hooligans. As a result Mars' album climbs 135-11 with sales up 644% to 13,000 copies.

Collins was last in the US Top 10 back in April 1990 with the chart-topping ...But Seriously and Hits belatedy becomes his fourth Top 10 album outside Genesis, a run that began with Face Value and Hello I Must Be Going.

Frank Ocean's Channel Orange was also subject to heavy discounting by Amazon, which sold the album digitally at $2.99. However, those sales have not counted towards the chart as Billboard has a rule excluding any sales of albums under $3.49 during the first four weeks of release. Consequently, Ocean's official sales total for last week was 54,000 units, a 59% week-on-week drop, moving it 2-4 on the chart.

Nas claims his sixth Billboard 200 hit with Life Is Good debuting at one with 149,000 sales, while Zac Brown Band's Uncaged falls 1-2 as sales drop 67% to 78,000. Kidz Bop 22, the latest in the long-running franchise, enters at 3 after selling 64,000 copies, 5,000 more than its predecessor KIdz Bop 21 opened with earlier this year.

Justin Bieber's Boyfriend slips 3-5, although sales are down just 1% to 45,000, while there is a similar drop in sales for One Direction's Up All Night, which holds at 7 after selling another 36,000 copies. The Dark Knight Rises soundtrack enters at 8 on the back of 33,000 sales, while Adele's 21 drops a place to a new chart low of 9 as sales fall 7% to nearly 33,000 and Maroon 5's Overexposed falls 5-10 with sales down 35% to 29,000.

Having reversed its decline last week, Ed Sheeran's + is back down again 53-64 as his single The A Team drops 95-98 on the Hot 100, while Marina & The Diamonds' Electra Heart plummets to 134 having debuted at 31 last week. But several UK albums are heading in the right direction, including Florence + The Machine's Ceremonials (86-78), Ellie Goulding's Lights (104-91), The Wanted's self-titled US debut (122-103) and Alex Clare's The Lateness Of The Hour (147-116), while Michael Kiwanuka's Home Again re-enters at 117 to reach a new peak.

Ellie Goulding's Lights single hits another new peak on the Hot 100, rising 5-4 as its radio audience grows 15% to 99 million, although its download sales dropped 11% last week to 134,000 units. Ahead of it, Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe spends a seventh week at the top, while Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa's Payphone is in second place for a sixth time. Also holding its position is Katy Perry's Wide Awake at 3, while Gotye featuring Kimbra's Somebody That I Used To Know drops 4-5.

Among the UK contingent, The Wanted's Chasing The Sun climbs 53-51 as Glad You Came drops 19-22, Rita Ora's How We Do (Party) falls 67-86 and Nero's Promises is down to 93, having re-entered at 70 last week.

US album sales were down 3.8% last week and 4.8% lower than the same week last year at 5.35 million units, while the year-to-date tally is 2.8% lower than at the same stage in 2011 with 167.17 million units sold. The digital one-track market, meanwhile, was 2.2% down on the week but 1.9% up on the equivalent week 12 months ago with 24.52 million units sold with the year-to-date total at 773.49 million units, 5.8% higher than a year ago.



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