Arcade Fire’s Reflektor knocks Katy Perry’s Prism off Number 1

Arcade Fire knock Katy Perry off Number 1, while Lorde and Union J debut in the Official Albums Chart Top 10.

Arcade Fire knock Katy Perry off Number 1, while Lorde and Union J debut in the Official Albums Chart Top 10.

Arcade Fire will no doubt be celebrating this evening after their new album, Reflektor, has gone straight in at Number 1 on the UK’s Official Albums Chart.

The Canadian indie band’s fourth studio full-length has knocked Katy Perry’s Prism (Number 2) off the chart’s summit after just one week on top, and has outsold it by nearly two copies to one over the last seven days.

James Blunt also slides one place to Number 3 today with Moon Landing, while Lorde is new in at Number 4 with Pure Heroine.  The 16-year-old New Zealand singer / songwriter topped the Official Singles Chart last Sunday to score her debut UK hit with Royals.
Arctic Monkey’s former Number 1 album, AM (Number 5), completes this week’s Top 5.

New Entries and High Climbers

In addition to Arcade Fire’s Reflektor (Number 1) and Lorde’s Pure Heroine (4), there are six other new entries on this week’s Official Albums Chart Top 40.

Josh, JJ, Jaymi and George, otherwise known as Union J, are new in at Number 6 with debut album. The former X Factor stars’ self-titled effort features their Top 10 singles Carry You and Beautiful Life.

Meanwhile, 2010 X Factor winner Matt Cardle narrowly misses out on his third consecutive Top 10 album, as his latest effort, Porcelain, enters at Number 11 today. Linkin Park debut one place behind him with their new remix album Recharged (12). The project sees the US metal band’s tracks reworked by the likes of Steve Aoki, Paul Van Dyk and Tom Swoon.

Paul PottsThe Greatest Hits debuts at 21, spurred on by the cinema release of One Chance (the film based on the former Britain’s Got Talent star’s life which stars James Corden). This week’s new entries are completed by Chas & Dave’s That’s What Happens (25) and Boy George’s This Is What I Do (33).

Fresh from scooping the 2013 Mercury Music Prize on Wednesday night, James Blake sees his second album, Overgrown, rocket from outside the Top 200 to re-enter the Official Albums Chart at Number 23. The London-based singer / songwriter beat off tough competition from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg and David Bowie to take home this year’s prize.

And finally, following the death of Lou Reed last weekend, the Velvet Underground frontman’s 1973 breakthrough album, Transformer, climbs back into the Official Albums Chart Top 40 at Number 35 today.

The Official Albums Chart Top 10 is as follows. Click here to see the Official Albums Chart Top 100 in full after 7pm.

1 REFLEKTOR ARCADE FIRE
2 PRISM KATY PERRY
3 MOON LANDING JAMES BLUNT
4 PURE HEROINE LORDE
5 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
6 UNION J UNION J
7 IF YOU WAIT LONDON GRAMMAR
8 TRIBUTE JOHN NEWMAN
9 PERHAPS LOVE JONATHAN & CHARLOTTE
10 CLOSER TO THE TRUTH CHER

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