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The Wanted - Glad You Came to number one: Adele's 21 - top album again


Boy band The Wanted nail their second number one single and fourth Official Singles Chart Top 5 hit in less than a year with new release Glad You Came smashing through the 100,000 sales barrier, the Official Charts Company reports today.

With a final first week tally of over 117,000, Glad You Came has given band members Jay McGuinnes, Max George, Nathan Sykes, Siva Kaneswaren and Tom Parker the biggest first week single sales of their career to date.

The lead track off their forthcoming second album, Glad You Came follows their breakthrough debut single All Time Low which also went straight to number one (November 2010), Heart Vacancy (number two, October 2010) and Gold Forever, the single the band recorded for Comic Relief (number three, March 2011).  The band’s debut album, The Wanted, was an Official Albums Chart number four hit in October last year.

Earlier this week, The Wanted’s Jay talked to the Official Charts Company about the prospect of scoring a second Official Singles Chart number one.

There are no other new entries in this week’s Official Singles Chart Top 10.

In the Official Albums Chart, Adele’s record-breaking 21 returns to the top spot for a third stint this year, climbing from last week’s number two.  21 has now spent 17 weeks as the Official Albums Chart number one.  It has been in the chart for a total of 25 weeks and has never been lower than number two.  Meanwhile, Adele’s debut album 19 is this week’s number three, climbing from last week’s number four.  19 has spent a total of 34 weeks in the Official Albums Chart Top 10, one of those weeks at number one, and has never been out of the Top 10 this year, although it was released some two years ago.

Acts by female artists have dominated the Official Albums Chart this year.  Between them, Adele with 21, Rihanna with Loud, Lady Gaga with Born This Way and Beyoncé with 4, have spent a total of 25 weeks at number one.  In contrast, albums by male artists, Bruno Mars (Doo Wops & Hooligans), Foo Fighters (Wasting Light), Arctic Monkeys (Suck It And See) and Take That (Progress), have totaled four weeks at number one. 

Seven of this year’s former number ones can be found in this week’s Official Albums Chart Top 10; Beyoncé’s 4 at number two, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way at number four, Bruno Mars’ Doo-Wops & Hooligans at number seven, Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light at number eight (re-entering the Top 10 by climbing from last week’s number 12), Take That’s Progress at number nine and Rihanna’s Loud is at number ten.  Arctic Monkeys’ Suck It And See is this week’s number 15.

The Official Albums Chart Top 10 sees just one new entry; indie rockers The Horrors scoring their best Official Albums Chart performance yet with third album Skying straight in at number five following previous albums, Primary Colours (number 25, 2009) and debut Strange House (number 37, 2007).

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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