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Record Breaking Kings Of Leon Reign Again *biggest first week album of year so far * biggest first week digital album of all time*


US rockers Kings Of Leon scorch to number one in the Official Albums Chart, with fifth album Come Around Sundown selling over 183,000 copies in its first week alone, the biggest first week album sales of the year so far, the Official Charts Company reports.

Come Around Sundown has also broken the all-time sales barrier for biggest first week digital album sales with over 49,000 album downloads.

Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Kings Of Leon and it shows just how quickly the digital album is evolving.”

Come Around Sundown follows Kings Of Leon’s previous album the multi-platinum and Grammy Award winning Only By The Night  which itself once held the record for biggest first week digital album sales with 27,000 album downloads in 2008.

Only By The Night  was a worldwide hit, spent four (non-consecutive) weeks at number one in the Official Albums Chart, forty weeks in the Official Albums Chart Top 10 and has never been out of the Official Albums Chart Top 75 since it was released in October 2008.  

Only By The Night is currently at number twenty-three in the Official Albums Chart, up from last week’s number thirty-seven.  The album also produced the number one single Sex On Fire (Sept 2008) which has sold over a million copies to date and number two single Use Somebody (Dec 2008).

Kings Of Leon’s first scored a number one album with Because Of The Times (2007).  Their first two albums both reached number three, Youth & Young Manhood (2003) and Aha Shake Heartbreak (2004).

There are two other new entries in this week’s Official Albums Chart Top 10, both from the Beatles whose newly re-mastered compilation albums 1967-1970 (sometimes known as The Blue Album) and 1962-1966 (known as The Red Album) are straight in at number four and number six respectively.  The albums were originally released in 1973.

The Official Albums Chart Top 10 also sees three re-entries this week as Katy Perry’s former number one (in September, 2010) Teenage Dream is at number five up from last week’s thirteen, while a new edition of  Michael Buble’s five times platinum former number one (in December, 2009) Crazy Love is at number seven up from last week’s forty-one and a new edition of Pixie Lott’s Turn It Up which peaked at number six on its release in 2009, is at number nine up from last week’s twenty nine.

In the Official Singles Chart, Bruno Mars is back at number one with Just The Way You Are (Amazing), having been covered on the X Factor. The single debuted at the top spot on its release four weeks ago.  It spent the intervening weeks at positions 2, 4 and 2 and this week records its biggest week so far with sales of over 116,000.

The Official Singles Chart Top 10 sees four new entries, all straight in;  boy band The Wanted follow their number one All Time Low (July, 2010) with Heart Vacancy at number two, Katy Perry’s Firework is at number five, Jay Sean’s 2012 (It Ain’t The End) feat Nicki Minaj is at number nine and N-Dubz Best Behaviour is at number ten.

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.
T: 01480 860 530  M. 07768 891 264
E: amy@theofficialcharts.com
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.

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