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Official Charts Analysis: John Newman sells 29k to hit No.1

October 21, 2013, 1:40 pm BST

ALBUMS In a week when 17 new entries flood into the Top 75, John Newman rather ungallantly wipes the floor with the rest, even new releases from a cavalcade of chart veterans like Pearl Jam, Cher, Paul McCartney and Gary Numan - and debuts at number one in the first all-new top five for 72 weeks with his first album, Tribute. Attracting sales of 29,756 copies last week, Tribute includes 23 year-old Yorkshireman Newman's debut solo smash Love Me Again, which debuted atop the singles chart 15 weeks ago, and follow-up Cheating, which opened at number nine last week. Neo-soul sensation Newman co-wrote and co-produced both songs - and indeed every track on the album. Love Me Again is the 13th biggest hit of the year, and sold a further 11,287 copies last week as it rallied 30-26 to bring its career sales haul to 548,842. It spent six weeks in the Top 10 but Cheating departs the top tier after just one, sliding 9-22 (15,056 sales) on its second frame. Newman's solo success followed his 2012 spots as guest vocalist on Rudimental's number one single Feel The Love, and number 14 single Not Giving In, which also featured Alex Clare. Aiming for their first ever UK number one album, Pearl Jam fail valiantly but secure their eighth Top 10 album from 10 studio releases, debuting at number two with Lightning Bolt on sales of 17,559 copies. It is a little over four years since their last studio album, Backspacer, debuted and peaked at number nine on first week sales of 25,804 copies.  71 year old Paul McCartney lengthens his already impressive span as a chart artist to more than 50 years, debuting at number three (15,724 sales) with his latest album, New. Calculating how many albums McCartney has released post-Beatles requires multiple riders, as he has issued albums solo, with Wings, with Linda McCartney, as Percy Thrillington, as part of The Fireman, in various classical and soundtrack collaborations, and so on - we'll settle for saying it is his 34th post-Beatles chart album. His last, Kisses On The Bottom also debuted at number three (23,849 sales) in February 2012, instantly becoming his highest charting solo set since 1997, when Flaming Pie reached number two. Kisses On The Bottom was McCartney's follow-up to 2007's Memory Almost Full, which debuted and peaked at number five with first week sales of 21,246. New is McCartney's first album of original songs since Memory Almost Full - only two of the 14 tracks on Kisses On The Bottom were McCartney compositions.    Undoubtedly given a major boost by her performance of I Hope You Find It on the first live X Factor results show, Cher's first album in 12 years, Closer To The Truth, debuts at number four (14,621 sales). That's an improvement on her last album, Living Proof, which debuted and peaked at number 46 on sales of 12,048 copies in 2001. Closer To The Truth is Cher's first Top 10 album since Believe in 1998, and her highest charting album since Love Hurts reached number one in 1991. It brings to 15 the number of albums that she has charted since 1965, including two with late ex-husband Sonny. At 67, Cher also becomes the oldest female solo artist to have a hit single in the UK, with I Hope You Find It - a Miley Cyrus cover - debuting at number 25 (11,824 sales). Arriving a little over a year after their debut album, Perhaps Love instantly becomes Jonathan & Charlotte’s second Top 10 album, debuting at number five (14,490 sales). Runners-up on the sixth season of ITV talent show Britain's Got Talent, the pair are still only 18, and also reached number five (on significantly higher first week sales of 25,238) with their first album Together in October of last year. A classical crossover act from Essex, each has three solo showcases on the new album but perform in harness on the rest, including the John Denver title track, Sarah McLachlan cover Angel and - perhaps most bizarrely, considering their chosen idiom - their version of the club classic You Got The Love, as originally a hit for The Source feat. Candi Staton. Can we really all have lived so long that The Saturdays have released five albums? Apparently so. Latest effort, Living For The Weekend, was preceded by no fewer than four singles and debuts at number 10 (9,554 sales), while the latest of the quartet, Disco Love makes a second week 5-14 descent (23,166 sales). The Saturdays 2008 debut Chasing Lights peaked at number nine and is their most successful album, with a to-date tally of 385,341 sales. 2009's Wordshaker also got to number nine but has sold only 85,506 copies, 2010's Headlines! - actually a 28 minute mini-album - reached the heady position of number three and has sold 208,954 copies. And 2011's On Your Radar reached only number 23, and has sold 60,990 copies thus far. With six new entries and a re-entry elbowing in, the only albums to remain in the Top 10 this week are Arctic Monkeys’ AM (3-6, 13,535 sales), Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz (1-7, 12,092 sales) and Chase & Status’ Brand New Machine (2-8, 10,724 sales). Passenger’s All The Little Lights completes the top tier, climbing 12-9 (10,016 sales). 35 years after his pioneering role in the new wave explosion fronting Tubeway Army, Gary Numan is still churning out albums - and his 20th and latest studio album, Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind) makes a surprisingly high debut, entering at number 20 on sales of 6,187 copies. The last time Numan, now 55, charted higher was in 1983 when his seventh studio album Warriors reached number 12. Splinter's high debut is all the more impressive because the last three Numan albums didn't even dent the Top 75, and the last 10 have fallen short of the Top 40. It's hard to pinpoint quite why Splinter has done so well - but the fact that electronic music is fashionable, the ongoing revival of interest in veteran synth acts, the abysmal current sales climate which benefits cult acts, and interviews on Radio Two with Steve Wright and 6Music with Nemone will not have done any harm. Cher and Paul McCartney are the most successful pensioners to chart new albums this week...but they're not alone, with new albums by Willie Nelson and Cilla Black also denting the Top 75. At the age of 80, country legend Willie Nelson debuts at number 72 (1,452 sales) with To All The Girls..., a collection of duets with female singers. It is Nelson's second album this year, arriving just six months after his standards covers set Let's Face The Music reached number 188. Nelson isn't the only elderly legend to have chart success with collaborative albums - Frank Sinatra was 77 when he charted with Duets in 1993 and 78 when he charted with Duets II in 1994. His great pal Tony Bennett - who appeared on Duets - took the idea and even the titles for himself, and was 80 when he charted with Duets in 2006 and 85 when he charted with Duets II in 2011.    Marking her 50th year in show business, Cilla Black was the subject of primetime documentary The One And Only Cilla on ITV last Wednesday (16th), providing a timely boost for the new compilation The Very Best Of Cilla Black, which debuts at number 37 (3,144 sales). It is a double disc set, with a CD featuring 24 of her best-loved recordings and a couple of brand new remixes, and a DVD featuring the previously unreleased 1966 TV special Cilla At The Savoy. 70 year old Black has had eight previous album chart entries, dating from 1965's Cilla to 2003's Beginnings - Greatest Hits And New Songs. 66 year old folk legend Linda Thompson - who recorded a series of albums with former husband Richard before starting her solo recording career in 1985 – just misses making her first ever appearance in the Top 75, with Won't Be Long Now debuting at number 76 (1,416 sales – just seven fewer than Adele’s 21 at number 75). It Won’t Be Long Now is very much a family affair with the aforementioned Richard, the couple’s children Kami and Teddy and grandson Zak appearing. Thompson's last album, Versatile Heart, reached number 188 in 2007. Eliza Doolittle's eponymous first album debuted and peaked at number three in 2010 on sales of 22,704 copies. Follow-up In Your Hands comes only weeks after Big When I Was Little - the first single from the set - reached number 12, but the album itself debuts more quietly at number 25 (4,973 sales). Second single, Let It Rain, arrives simultaneously, debuting at number 55 (3,943 sales).   Also new to the album chart this week: The Essential Will Young (number 15, 7,156 sales), Back To Forever by Lissie (number 16, 6,926 sales), When Will It Stop by Giggs (number 21, 5,843 sales), Vengeance Falls by Trivium (number 23, 5,332 sales), Life You Imagine by Matt Goss (number 27, 4,722 sales), Fanfare by Jonathan Wilson (number 50, 2,244 sales) and The Standards by Gloria Estefan (number 66, 1,609 sales) Departing the Top 10: London Grammar’s If You Wait (9-11, 9,096 sales), Kings Of Leon’s Mechanical Bull (4-12, 8,908 sales), Drake’s Nothing Was The Same (6-14, 8,082 sales), Haim’s Days Are Gone (5-18, 6,574 sales), Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience 2 Of 2 (8-29, 4,576 sales), Lucy Spraggan’s Join The Club (7-32, 3,900 sales) and Panic! At The Disco’s Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die (10-57, 1,972 sales). There are also big second week slides for Sub Focus’ Torus (27-63, 1,680 sales), Prefab Sprout’s Crimson/Red (15-68, 1,557 sales), Korn’s The Paradigm Shift (16-85, 1,363 sales), Anna Calvi’s One Breath (32-87, 1,355 sales), The Feeling’s Boy Cried Wolf (33-93, 1,246 sales), Fratellis’ We Need Medicine (26-102, 1,067 sales) and Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip’s Repent Replenish Repeat (22-108, 987 sales). After 12 weeks as the number one compilation, Now That’s What I Call Music! 85 falls to number two (11,659 sales) to be replaced by Now That’s What I Call 80s Dance (11,979 sales). Overall album sales are up 1.38% week-on-week at 1,347,593 – 7.77% below same week 2012 sales of 1,461,082. SINGLES Returning to number one after a break of a week, OneRepublic's Counting Stars also returns to growth, upping sales 1.70% week-on-week to 65,981, as its overall sales climb to 424,633. The second single from the band's third album Native, it's a powerful comeback for the band, whose last single, If I Lose Myself, didn't find favour with radio or punters, falling short of the airplay chart, and failing to make the Top 200 at all when actively promoted, eventually reaching number 134 when basking in the reflected glory of Counting Stars five weeks ago. Native weathers the storm of this week's large number of debuts to jump 25-17 (6,770 sales) to achieve its highest chart position to date. After interrupting OneRepublic's reign last week, Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball dips to number two (53,989 sales).  With three hits in 2012 and three more in 2013, Lawson have now reached the Top 15 with each of their first six singles. The latest, Juliet, debuts at number three (40,812 sales). Lawson's previous singles and their opening week's sales: When She Was Mine (47,511), Brokenhearted (feat. B.o.B, 45,948), Standing In The Dark (42,477), Taking Over Me (39,994), Learn To Love Again (11,331).      With uncredited vocals from Becky Hill, Wilkinson scores his first hit with Afterglow debuting at number eight (30,518 sales). Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea's career continues to blossom (sorry), with Change Your Life (feat. T.I.) becoming her third and highest charting hit of the year, debuting at number 10 (26,622 sales). Azalea made her chart debut in March with Work, which climbed for five straight weeks and eventually reached number 17. Follow-up Bounce peaked instantly and higher, at number 13 in July. All three songs are on Azalea's debut album The New Classic, which isn't set to drop until 2014. Eminem and Justin Bieber score new hits for the second week in a row - and in both weeks it is Eminem who has shown better form.  Eminem sold 70,218 copies of Berzerk, the first single from his new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, to debut at number two last week. Quickfire follow-up Rap God now debuts at number five (33,612 sales), while Berzerk falls to number seven (32,076 sales). Rap God is his 25th hit, of which all but four have been as a primary artist. Justin Bieber is releasing 10 singles in consecutive weeks, the second of which is All That Matters, which debuts at number 20 (16,056 sales). Last week's Bieber single Heartbreaker debuted at number 14 (24,304 sales), and now dives to number 75 (2,625 sales).  Although only five of them have made the Top 10, All That Matters is Bieber's 23rd Top 75 entry and his 16th as a primary artist. It's less than four years since his chart debut, and he is still only 19. Even if none of the other eight singles he has scheduled for the next couple of months make the chart, he will still reach his 20th birthday on March 1, 2014 with more hits to his name than any teenager in chart history. Top 10 singles not mentioned thus far: James Blunt’s Bonfire Heart climbs 6-4 (38,410 sales), Katy Perry’s Roar climbs 7-6 (33,207 sales) and Conor Maynard’s R U Crazy falls 4-9 (29,739 sales). Don Broco’s You Wanna Know debuts at number 39 (6,964 sales). New to the Top 75 but not the Top 200: Rizzle Kicks’ Skip To The Good Bit (125-44, 5,604 sales, previous peak: number 87), My N***a by YG feat. Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan (79-53, 4,093 sales) and Awolnation’s 2010 track Sail, which is in the new Ridley Scott film The Counselor, and makes a belated Top 75 debut, jumping 84-73, with 2,706 sales in the week raising its career tally to 100,875 – a total of rare magnitude for a single with no chart profile at all until seven weeks ago. Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis’ debut hit The Fox edges 24-23 (14,911 sales) to reach a new peak while Rihanna’s Pour It Up edges 45-43 (5,635 sales) to reach a new peak. Overall single sales are down 7.43% week-on-week at 2,849,724 – a 114 week low, and 13.02% below same week 2012 sales of 3,276,384.


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