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Official Charts Press Release 21/10/2012

21/10/2012

Calvin Harris & Florence score second collaborative Number 1 of the year

Calvin Harris & Florence Welch, UK’s new collaborative power couple, strike again as new single Sweet Nothing goes in at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart exactly three months after summer smash Spectrum hit the top spot.

Sweet Nothing is taken from Calvin Harris’ upcoming album 18 Months and replicates the chart success of his remixed version of Florence & The Machine’s Spectrum, which went straight in at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart in July this year.

Reigning chart toppers Swedish House Mafia slide one place to Number 2 with Don’t You Worry Child, while the inescapable Gangnam Style and Rihanna’s Diamonds hold firm at Number 3 and 4 respectively. Adele’s theme from the James Bond film Skyfall drops three places to Number 5 in its third week on the chart.

New Entries And Highest Climbers

In addition to Calvin & Florence, this week Official Singles Chart Top 40 sees new entries from Lawson, Rebecca Ferguson, Tyler James, Taylor Swift and Everything Everything.

This year’s third release from British pop outfit Lawson just misses out of the Official Singles Chart Top 5, with Standing In The Dark coming in at Number 6. Backtrack, the new song from Rebecca Ferguson’s revamped album Heaven is at Number 15, while Tyler James enters the chart at Number 28 with Single Tear.

American folk-pop heroine Taylor Swift continues her, ahem, swift release of singles from her upcoming album Red as State Of Grace enters at Number 36, giving her three songs in the Official Singles Chart Top 40. Meanwhile, critically acclaimed British indie outfit Everything Everything secure their first Official Singles Chart placing with Cough Cough in at Number 37.

This week’s highest climber Justin Bieber FT Nicki Minaj with Beauty And A Beat, rockets 82 places to Number 20 this week, while Two Fingers, the single from new Official Albums Chart topper Jake Bugg shoots 53 places to Number 33. John Denver’s Annie’s Song climbs fourteen places to Number 38, while Maroon 5 make a 10-notch leap to break into the Official Singles Chart Top 10 as One More Night finishes the week at Number 8.

The Official Singles Chart Top 10 is as follows:

1 SWEET NOTHING CALVIN HARRIS/FLORENCE WELCH
2 DON'T YOU WORRY CHILD SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA/MARTIN
3 GANGNAM STYLE PSY
4 DIAMONDS RIHANNA
5 SKYFALL ADELE
6 STANDING IN THE DARK LAWSON
7 WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER TAYLOR SWIFT
8 ONE MORE NIGHT MAROON 5
9 TURN AROUND CONOR MAYNARD FT NE-YO
10 I CRY FLO RIDA

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Jake Bugg shoots straight to the top with debut album

Jake Bugg, Nottingham’s much-hyped singer-songwriter has denied superstar Leona Lewis her third consecutive Number 1 album by shooting straight to the top on the Official Albums Chart.

18 year old Bugg has seen affectionate endorsements from the likes of Chris Martin, Lily Allen and Noel Gallagher, the latter having roped in Bugg for an extensive US tour along with Snow Patrol.

The youngster, whose single Two Fingers sees him bidding a not so fond farewell to yesterday (surely the finest single ever to have referenced Clifton), will busy himself with touring duties well into the new year, and is sure to be a hot ticket across the country following the success of his self-titled debut album.

Leona is further pipped by Mumford & Sons, whose sophomore release Babel finishes the week at Number 2, just ahead of Leona’s third album Glassheart at Number 3 on the Official Albums Chart.

Speaking to OfficialCharts.com, Leona said: “Glassheart is an album I’ve poured my heart and soul into. It’s raw, emotional and progressive. I’m so proud of this record”.

Spacetastic stadium rockers Muse drop one place to Number 4 with The 2nd Law, while Rebecca Ferguson proves to be a continuing national treasure as the deluxe version of her debut album Heaven enters the Official Albums Chart at Number 5.

New Entries

In addition to Jake Bugg, Leona Lewis and Rebecca Ferguson there are six new entries on this week’s Official Albums Chart.

Natasha Khan, aka Bat For Lashes created a buzz with the cover art for her third album The Haunted Man, which enters the Official Albums Chart at Number 6, while Art Garfunkel scores his first solo Official Albums Chart Top 10 in 32 years as new compilation The Singer comes in at Number 10.

English folk band Bellowhead finish the week at Number 16 with Broadside while Diana Krall’s burlesque-flirting Glad Rag Doll charts at Number 21. Donald Fagen is at Number 23 with Sunken Condos.

Italian friar Alessandro Brustenghi enters the chart at Number 28 with Voice From Assisi. The album is produced by Manic Street Preachers and The Cure producer Mike Hedges, and in addition to making an impact on the Official Albums Chart, he tops the Official Classical Albums Chart too. Can he repeat the success of the Military Wives last year and beat the X Factor winner to a peculiar rumoured bid for the Christmas Number 1 2012?

The Official Albums Chart Top 10 is as follows:

1 JAKE BUGG JAKE BUGG
2 BABEL MUMFORD & SONS
3 GLASSHEART LEONA LEWIS
4 THE 2ND LAW MUSE
5 HEAVEN REBECCA FERGUSON
6 THE HAUNTED MAN BAT FOR LASHES
7 HALCYON ELLIE GOULDING
8 THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE PINK
9 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
10 THE SINGER ART GARFUNKEL

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