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Official Charts Analysis: Lorde single sells 82k to hit No.1

October 28, 2013, 10:47 am UTC

ALBUMS 29 last Friday (25th), Katy Perry gets a belated birthday present in the form of her second consecutive number one album, with Prism - her third album - debuting in pole position on sales of 53,827 copies. It arrives a little over three years after her second album, Teenage Dream, also opened at number one on slightly higher sales of 54,176 copies, and five years after debut album One Of The Boys opened and peaked at number 11 on sales of 18,796. With the regular and Complete Confection versions of Teenage Dream spinning-off eight hits - seven of them Top 10 - that album has sold 1,171,340 copies to date, while One Of The Boys has sold 674,588 copies. Teenage Dreams bolts 125-36 (2,836 sales) this week. Roar - the only single yet lifted from Prism - became Perry's fourth UK number one single seven weeks ago, and has since become her eighth single to sell upwards of 500,000 copies in the UK (seven as a primary artist, plus 3OH!3 collab. Starstrukk). Rallying 6-4 this week, Roar sold a further 50,464 copies to raise its career tally to 595,941. Ahead of it in Perry's personal best-sellers list are only Firework (966,956 sales), California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg, 780,787 sales), Hot N Cold (680,494 sales) and I Kissed A Girl (678,933 sales). Five other songs from Prism are in the Top 200 - Unconditionally (number 60, 3,764 sales), Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J, 100-68, 3,256 sales), Walking On Air (number 80, 2,681 sales), By The Grace Of God (number 179, 1,165 sales) and It Takes Two (number 180, 1,159 sales).   Perry's album wasn't quite the runaway chart champ it might have seemed like being a few weeks ago, and that's primarily because Bonfire Heart - the first single from James Blunt's fourth album, Moon Landing - has turned out to be his highest charting single for more than six years (reaching number four last week but now slipping to number seven with 34,266 sales) and has generated interest in the album itself, which responds by debuting at number two (41,843 sales). That's a small improvement on the 40,637 copies that Blunt's last album, Some Kind Of Trouble, sold when debuting and peaking at number four a little under three years ago - but far fewer than the 117,966 copies his second album, All The Lost Souls sold on its number one debut in 2007. Interest in All The Lost Souls was high because Blunt's debut album Back To Bedlam was a runaway success after a slow start. Released nine years ago last week, Back To Bedlam sold just 482 copies on its first week and took 22 weeks to dent the Top 200, but thanks largely to the number one single You're Beautiful, it eventually racked up 10 weeks at number one, with a peak weekly sale of 122,827 and has gone on to sell 3,278,190 copies becoming the third biggest album of the 21st century, trailing only Adele's 21 (4,665,822 sales) and Amy Winehouse's Back To Black (3,513,084 sales). Number 37 on that list, incidentally, is Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events, which passed the 2m sales mark last week. Moving 24-21 on sales of 5,029 copies, it lifts its 89 week tally to 2,004,549. Never lower than number 34 on the weekly chart - a position it held five weeks ago - Our Version Of Events was the biggest-selling artist album of 2012, and remains top of the 2013 list, with a year-to-date tally of 611,680. Two very different Andreas debut almost back-to-back in the Top 10 this week - actually, although one is an experienced Italian male chart campaigner aged 55, and the other is a 27 year old female newcomer from Northern Ireland, they have more in common than their names. Neither has much in the way of vision, both came to prominence via popularity contests, both are signed to Universal and both sell overwhelmingly on CD in the download age. The newcomer is, of course, Andrea Begley, the partially sighted singer from Ulster who shot to fame on the second season of BBC1's The Voice. Her introductory album, The Message, debuts at number seven (9,482 sales) a mere four months after she won Season 2 of the competition - helped, no doubt, by her performance of Dancing In The Dark on the Strictly Come Dancing results show on BBC1 eight days ago. It is already massively more successful than Season 1 (2012) winner Leanne Mitchell's eponymous debut album, which didn't come out until this May - 11 months after she won the contest - and peaked at number 134. It sold 895 copies on its first week, a total which has since grown to exactly 2,000 in 20 weeks. A top tenner and a top tenor, unsighted Tuscan Andrea Bocelli came to domestic Italian prominence at the San Remo Song Festival in 1994. Bocelli is the current king of classical crossover and, remarkably, has placed 18 albums on the UK Top 40 since his 1997 chart debut, Romanza. Nine of those albums have made the Top 10, three of them in the last year: Compilation Nessum Dorma debuted and peaked at number 10 (14,577 sales) last November, love songs set Passione debuted and peaked at number nine (9,711 sales) in February, and now the live CD/DVD set Love In Portofino debuts at number five (10,065 sales). After debuting last week at number one, John Newman's Tribute dips to number three (15,551 sales). It's a week of renewed chart activity for expanded editions of recent albums - Passenger's All The Little Lights jumps 9-6 (9,551 sales), Lawson's Chapman Square explodes 171-13 (6,977 sales) and The Lumineers' self-titled set sprints 136-90 (1,143 sales). With previous cumulative sales of 297,802, 124,708 and 320,784, respectively, and peak chart positions of three, four and eight, all got the double disc treatment last week. All The Little Lights sprouted an eight song acoustic selection, Chapman Square was rebranded Chapman Square/Chapter II with six songs added to the original CD and a further seven acoustic tracks on a second CD, and The Lumineers' CD has five tracks added, and is now accompanied by a DVD featuring a documentary of the band on the road and promotional videos. Although the biggest seller of the three, and home to their huge hit Ho Hey, The Lumineers album benefits least from the upgrade. However, the band is touring the UK at the end of November, winding up at The Alexandra Palace. They are also releasing Submarines as a single, so the album's career in the top end of the chart is probably not over yet. It is a year to the week, incidentally, since Lumineers' only hit single to date, Ho Hey, sprinted 45-23 at the start of its chart marathon, which saw it spend 48 consecutive weeks in the Top 75. It nearly made returned to the Top 75 this week, rebounding 87-76, with sales of 2,778 copies raising its career tally to a giddy 747,329 - not bad for a single than peaked at number eight.      Albums in the Top 10, not mentioned hitherto: Arctic Monkeys' AM bounces 6-4 (15,091 sales), Jonathan & Charlotte's Perhaps Love slips 5-8 (9,479 sales), London Grammar's If You Wait rallies 11-9 (9,215 sales) and Cher's Closer To The Truth falls 4-10 (8,281 sales) The only song to be found on two current Top 10 albums is Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan's Angel, which is on both the Andrea Begley and Jonathan & Charlotte albums.  McLachlan's definitive version leaps 198-87 (2,488 sales) this week after being performed on The X Factor on Saturday by Nicholas McDonald. Although it has never charted higher than number 36, McLachlan's version has probably sold 200,000 copies. Probably? Yes, it has sold 189,283 copies on download but its physical sales - which were 7,677 in the three weeks in which it charted in that format in 2002 - don't appear to be in the OCC's database, so updating that figure and adding it to download sales is somewhat problematical.   Dropping out of the Top 10 this week: Miley Cyrus' Bangerz (7-11, 8,169 sales), Paul McCartney's New (3-14, 6,872 sales), Chase & Status' Brand New Machine (8-17, 6,023 sales), Pearl Jam's Lightning Bolt (2-20, 5,030 sales) and The Saturdays' Living For The Weekend (10-34, 2,905 sales). Number 11 in America last month, Earth Wind & Fire's first album in seven years, Now, Then & Forever debuts here at number 25 (4,872 sales). Extending the band's UK album chart career to nearly 36 years, it is the first album of new material that the band has charted here since 1992 - and following their performance of a medley of hits on Sunday's Strictly Come Dancing, it could go even higher, as a deluxe edition of the set includes half a dozen of their vintage chart riders, including September, Let's Groove and Emotions collaboration Boogie Wonderland.  Although founding member and main focal point of the band Maurice White, now 71,  plays no part in the new album beyond writing liner notes, the lead single My Promise bears all the hallmarks of the band's signature sound. Also new to the Top 40, American band Policia's second album Shulamith, which debuts at number 33 (3,185 sales), 53 places above the peak position of 2012 debut Give You The Ghost. Now That's What I Call Music! 85 returns to the top of the compilation chart on sales of 11,777 copies. It has now spent 13 of its 14 weeks on the chart at number one, equalling the series record set exactly a year ago by 2012 equivalent Now! 82. It's cumulative sales of 867,460 exceed those of Now! 82 (847,380) and put it way ahead of the year's top artist album by Emeli Sande (see above) Album sales are up 1.77% week-on-week at 1,371,433 - 14.87% below same week 2012 sales of 1,610,909, and 31.98% below same week 2011 sales of 1,986,842. SINGLES The waiting is over. After its grand tour of the world's charts - which included reaching number one in New Zealand, The USA, Canada and Ireland - Lorde's debut single Royals was finally released in the UK last week, and duly debuts at number one on sales of 82,551 copies. It does so just in time for Lorde's 17th birthday, which occurs next Thursday (7 November). She thus becomes the fourth youngest female solo artist ever to have a UK number one. The new chart is dated 2 November 2013 for outdated historic reasons - at which date she will be 16 years 11 months and 25 days old. Using the same slightly faulty calculations, the youngest female solo artist to have a number one is Helen Shapiro (14y 10m 15d, at her 12 August 1961 coronation), followed by Billie (15y 9m 19d, 11 July 1998) and Tiffany (16y 3m 28d, 30 January 1988). Three other female solo artists were under 18 at the time of their first number ones: Britney Spears (17y 5m 25d, 27 February 1999), Nicole (17y 6m 20d, 15 May 1982) and Sandie Shaw (17y 7m 27d, 24 October 1964). None of the others played any part in the writing of the number one hit in question - but Lorde did, co-authoring Royals with producer Joel Little under her real name of Ella Yelich O'Connor. The pair also collaborated on every song on Lorde's debut album, Pure Heroine, which is released today (28 October). The weeks of pent-up demand for Lorde's single were enough to put paid to reigning X Factor champion James Arthur's chances of securing his second number one. The 25 year old from Yorkshire sold 489,560 copies of his coronation single Impossible to debut atop the chart last December. Follow-up You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You - which Arthur co-wrote - sold a more modest 64,501 copies last week to secure second place. He snags another improbable Top 100 debut this week, singing on a slightly mysterious cover of Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball. Entering at number 97 (2,104 sales), it lists Alonzo Holt as its primary artist. Finding out anything definitive about Holt has proved difficult - he may be Canadian, could be living in New York or Liverpool, may or may not go by a couple of other names, and is either 14 or in his 20s. Hardstyle house, raggamuffin drum & bass, dirty electro...whatever genre it is, Booyah is a bona fide hit for Showtek feat. We Are Loud & Sonny Wilson, debuting at number five (44,456 sales). The record only got to number 15 in the act's native Netherlands, and is now at number 23 there. While James Arthur debuts at number two, Union J - who finished fourth in X Factor last year - debut at number eight (32,842 sales) with their second single, Beautiful Life. Their first single, Carry You, got to number six in June. Apparently Union J's Jaymi has been tweeting his support for another boy band, ReConnected, which was formed from the remnants of Britain's Got Talent 2010 finalists Connected. Discerning music fans aren't as keen as Jaymi however - ReConnected's second single, Time Of Our Lives debuts at number 33 (9,958 sales). Their debut single, One In A Million, reached number 32 in March. After returning to number one last week, OneRepublic's Counting Stars retreats to number three (55,005 sales). Other singles in the Top 10 not mentioned elsewhere: Miley Cyrus's Wrecking Ball (2-6, 40,603 sales), Wilkinson's Afterglow (8-9, 25,256 sales) and Drake's Hold On We're Going Home (12-10, 21,903 sales). Falling out of the Top 10 this week: R U Crazy by Conor Maynard (9-11, 21,324 sales), Juliet by Lawson 93-13, 20,215 sales), Rap God (5-18, 17,930 sales) and Berzerk (7-21, 16,266 sales) by Eminem and Change Your Life by Iggy Azalea feat. T.I. (10-27, 13,801 sales). For the third week in a row, Justin Bieber and Eminem chart new singles - and, for the third time, it's Eminem who comes out on top. Bieber reached number 14 with Heartbreaker a fortnight ago, and number 20 with All That Matters last week. His latest, Hold Tight, is new at number 28 (13,357 sales) this week. Eminem reached number two with Berzerk two weeks ago, and number five with Rap God last week. He now debuts at number 22 (16,212 sales) with Survival. In addition to his own latest hit, Bieber is also featured vocalist on another new entry this week, Tyga's Wait For A Minute, which debuts at number 41 (8,638 sales). Another artist who went on a serial run of releases last year is Taylor Swift, who placed new songs on the chart for five weeks in a row, as part of her overall tally of nine new hits in 2012. She has been much quieter this year, reaching number nine with 22 in March and only reappearing this week, with Sweeter Than Fiction which - rather oddly - is from the new Paul Potts biopic One Chance. It debuts at number 45 (7,163 sales). The kings and queens of serial new releases incidentally, are Glee Cast, whose best run saw them post new entries to the Top 75 for nine weeks in a row in 2011. 17 weeks after Icona Pop's debut smash I Love It (feat Charli. XCX) debuted at number one on sales of 124,890 copies, follow-up All Night struggles to make it to number 31 (10,528 sales) on its debut chart appearance, even though its price has been slashed to 59p on iTunes and Amazon. With singles sales comparatively in the doldrums in recent weeks, several other new and rising hits are also available at the lower price point, including the new Eminem single Survival (see above) and Ylvis' The Fox, which climbs 23-17 (18,148 sales) to reach a new peak.    Robin Thicke was on The X Factor results show eight days ago - and surprised everyone by singing Blurred Lines instead of follow-up Give It 2 U. Blurred Lines increases sales 83.3% to 14,795 as a result, and jumps 33-26. Curiously, the previously becalmed Give It 2 U (which had moved 27-27-28 in the previous two weeks), also feels a warm updraft to and leaps to number 15, a new peak, on sales of 18,460 copies. Home to both songs, Thicke's Blurred Lines album vaults 69-27 to achieve its highest chart position for 10 weeks, increasing sales 196.25% week-on-week to 4,586. Top 75 debuts this week not mentioned elsewhere: Turn It Up by Sean Paul (number 35, 9,660 sales), Love This Town by Dizzee Rascal feat. Teddy Sky (number 43, 8,037 sales), No Sleep by Sway/KSI/Tigger Da Author (number 44, 7,563 sales), Little Nikki Says by Little Nikki (number 53, 5,181 sales), Cloud 9 by Ms. Dynamite & Shy FX (number 62, 3,610 sales), Whole Lot Of Water by Andy Jordan (number 71, 3,180 sales) and Boy Oh Boy by Diplo & GTA (number 72, 3,023 sales). Already in the Top 75, and climbing to new peaks: Skip To The Good Bit by Rizzle Kicks (44-34, 9,826 sales) and Sail by Awolnation (73-54, 4,796 sales).    Not debuting in the Top 75, despite recording the week's 10th best sale (22,915 copies) is Lady Gaga's Do What U Want (feat. R. Kelly). It's the second instant gratification track from her upcoming Artpop album, hence its ineligibility.   Overall singles sales are up 5.70% week-on-week at 3,012,293 - 9.79% below same week 2012 sales of 3,339,049.  


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