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Bruno Mars makes it a rare double

23/01/2011

Bruno Mars makes it a rare double this week as debut album Doo Wops & Hooligans enters the Official Albums Chart at number one, while his single Grenade stays top of the Official Singles Chart for a second week, the Official Charts Company confirms today.

This feat gives Mars the accolade of being the first solo male act to achieve the chart double since 2007 when Mika’s debut album Life in Cartoon Motion and single Grace Kelly were simultaneous number ones.  The last American solo male act to achieve the double was Akon back in 2005 with album Trouble and single Lonely.
 
Doo Wops& Hooligans sold more than twice that it of its nearest rival, Rihanna’s Loud, to make the number one spot while Grenade still broke the 100,000 sales barrier in its second week, giving it phenomenally strong sales of over 250,000 in just two weeks.

The Official Singles Chart Top 10 sees no less than five new entries this week, all straight in; Adele claims her third Official Singles Chart Top 5 hit with Rolling In The Deep at number two, US rap/producer superstar P Diddy’s latest act Diddy Dirty Money’s Coming Home featuring Skylar Grey is at number four, North London rapper Wretch 32’s debut single Traktor featuring L is at number five, Britney Spears scores her 21st Official Singles Chart Top 10 hit  in just 12 years with Hold It Against Me at number six and Aggro Santos and Girls Aloud’s Kimberly Walsh’s Like U Like at number eight.

There is just one other new entry in this week’s Official Albums Chart Top 10; White Lies’ Spiritual, which follows their 2009 number one debut album To Lose My Life, is straight in at number three.

Notes to Editors
 
1.  Chart information quoted from this release must be credited to The Official Charts Company
 
2.  The Official Charts Company (OCC) is a joint venture between record labels’ body the BPI and ERA, the Entertainment Retailers Association.   The OCC is responsible for the commissioning, marketing, distribution and management of the UK’s industry standard music and video charts and is endorsed by the BVA (British Video Association).
 
3. The Official Charts Company compiles its charts from sales information gathered across all key distribution (or entertainment) channels including all major high street retail chains, independent stores, supermarkets, mail order internet retailers and digital music service providers. This market research sample equates to 99% of the total UK Singles market; 98% of the total UK Albums market and 90% of the total UK DVD market.
 
For further information contact:
Amy Howard, Official Charts Company. 
W:  www.theofficialcharts.com
The Official Chart Update with Greg James, 3.30pm-4pm, BBC Radio 1
The Chart Show with Reggie Yates, Sunday 4pm-7pm, BBC Radio 1.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/chart/
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