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Bruno Mars grooving his way towards Number 1 with Unorthodox Jukebox

12/12/2012

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Bruno Mars grooving his way towards Number 1 with Unorthodox Jukebox

By Dan Lane

Bruno Mars is grooving his way towards an Official Albums Chart Number 1 this Sunday with second album, Unorthodox Jukebox.

The follow-up to 2010’s chart-topping Doo-Wops & Hooligans, which was the third biggest selling album of last year, is outselling its closest competitor, Michael Buble’s Christmas by 22,000 copies at this point of the week.

Mars recorded the album with British producers Paul Epworth (Adele) and Mark Ronson, the latter of whom produced his current Police-esque Top 5 hit, Locked Out Of Heaven.

“I’ve been wanting to work with Mark for the longest time,” Bruno told Kiss FM recently. “All the producers on the album, these guys make the albums they wanna make. Look at Amy Winehouse; no one was doing that, [Mark] did it so good. He’s got such an expertise when it comes to live instrumentation. That’s what I really wanted to incorporate on this album, and you can really hear it on Locked Out Of Heaven. He’s just The G when it comes to that!”

Michael Buble’s Christmas album holds firm at Number 2, while Emeli Sande’s Our Version Of Events, which broke through the million copies sales barrier earlier this week to become the biggest selling album of 2012 so far, climbs four places to Number 3. The Top 5 is completed by Olly Murs' Right Place, Right Time (Number 4) and Rihanna’s Unapologetic (5).

New Entries

In addition to Bruno MarsUnorthodox Jukebox (Number 1), there are two other new entries on today’s Official Albums Chart Update Top 40.

Tre, the third instalment of Green Day’s new trilogy of albums is new in at Number 14. The previous two albums in the series, Uno and Dos, peaked earlier this autumn at Number 2 and 10, respectively. The Gypsy Queens - an international collective of buskers who have entertained the likes of Elton John, Rod Stewart, David Beckham, and their Royal Highnesses Princes William and Harry - enter at Number 40 today with their eponymous debut album.

The Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 is as follows:

1 UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX BRUNO MARS
2 CHRISTMAS MICHAEL BUBLE
3 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
4 RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME OLLY MURS
5 UNAPOLOGETIC RIHANNA
6 TAKE ME HOME ONE DIRECTION
7 MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY ROD STEWART
8 THE VERY BEST OF NEIL DIAMOND
9 TAKE THE CROWN ROBBIE WILLIAMS
10 THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE P!NK
11 STORYTELLER ALFIE BOE
12 MAGIC OF THE MOVIES ANDRE RIEU & JOHANN STRAUSS ORCHESTRA
13 18 MONTHS CALVIN HARRIS
14 TRE GREEN DAY
15 BABEL MUMFORD & SONS
16 DNA LITTLE MIX
17 GRRR THE ROLLING STONES
18 + ED SHEERAN
19 GREATEST HITS - CHAPTER ONE KELLY CLARKSON
20 NUMBER 3 THE SCRIPT
21 GIRL ON FIRE ALICIA KEYS
22 SOME NIGHTS FUN.
23 FALL TO GRACE PALOMA FAITH
24 CELEBRATION DAY LED ZEPPELIN
25 THE ABBEY ROAD SESSIONS KYLIE MINOGUE
26 STANDING OVATION - THE GREATEST SONGS SUSAN BOYLE
27 THE WAR OF THE WORLDS - NEW GENERATION JEFF WAYNE
28 RED TAYLOR SWIFT
29 TEN GIRLS ALOUD
30 MEMORY LANE - THE BEST OF MCFLY
31 THIS IS CHRISTMAS KATHERINE JENKINS
32 STRONGER TOGETHER THE MILITARY WIVES
33 THE GREATEST HITS IL DIVO
34 THE BEST OF EVA CASSIDY
35 ORA RITA ORA
36 THE GOLDEN AGE OF SONG JOOLS HOLLAND & HIS R&B ORCHESTRA
37 STORYTELLER - THE COMPLETE ANTHOLOGY ROD STEWART
38 MYTHOLOGY THE BEE GEES
39 OPERA ANDREA BOCELLI
40 THE GYPSY QUEENS THE GYPSY QUEENS

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