Nero, aka North West London producers, remixers, DJs and artists Dan Stephens and Joe Ray, saw in the New Year as one of the BBC’s 12 ones to watch in their prestigious “Sound of 2011” poll. This week sees them claim their first Official Singles Chart number one as their fourth single, the indie/dubstep Promises, flies straight to the top of the new chart.
Promises follows previous Nero Official Charts hits Me & You which peaked at number 15 in January, Guilt which delivered their previous best Official Charts performance, peaking at number eight in April this year and their 2010 underground hit Innocence.
“We’d been going since about 2004,” recalls Joe Ray, “then suddenly we had this number 15 hit. Before that, we were expected to carry on being an underground, word-of-mouth thing. Suddenly we were being played on Radio 1 and everything changed.”
Other highlights for the duo this year include headlining the WOW stage at Glastonbury and performing a specially commissioned piece Dubstep Symphony with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, simulcast live on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra.
Nero release their debut album Welcome Reality on August 15th on their fellow-artists Chase & Status’ label MTA through Mercury. This October sees them embark on their debut live tour, headlining at London’s Electric Ballroom, and going on to support Tinie Tempah on his forthcoming arena tour.
The Official Singles Chart Top 10 sees just one other new entry; American singer-songwriter Christina Perri makes her Official Charts debut as Jar Of Hearts, which became a US hit after featuring on TV shows So You Think You Can Dance (2010) and Glee, climbs to this week’s number five from last week’s 17.
In the Official Albums Chart, Amy Winehouse holds firm at number one for a third week with Back To Black while her debut Frank slips one place to this week’s number four. Adele’s two albums also hold in the Official Albums Top 5 with 21 at number two and 19 at number five.
The Official Albums Top 10 sees hip-hop kings Jay-Z and Kanye West score this week’s highest new entry with their collaboration Watch The Throne straight in at number three while veteran jazz and R’n’B singer Randy Crawford secures the only other new entry in this week’s Top 10 with Best Of straight in at number seven making it the best-performing of some six Randy Crawford compilations which have been issued since the singer made her chart debut in 1980. Jessie J’s debut and former number two album Who You Are is a re-entry at number ten up from last week’s number 12.
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.
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