Sam Smith outpaces Robert Plant on UK music chart

Singer gains number one spot for his album In The Lonely Hour

News Desk September 16, 2014

English singer-songwriter Sam Smith refused to budge from his number one spot in Britain’s album charts on Sunday, seeing off a strong challenge from Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, the Official Charts Company said reported Reuters.

Plant’s new release Lullaby And The Ceaseless Roar, his 10th solo outing, rocketed to number two, making it the highest new entry. The Official Charts Company said it had topped the chart all week “until the eleventh hour” when it had been “pipped to the post.”

For Smith, who won a prize at this year’s Brit Awards, it meant a fourth non-consecutive week at number one for his album In The Lonely Hour. In the singles chart, Scottish electronic DJ Calvin Harris grabbed the top spot with his new track Blame featuring John Newman. It was his fifth singles number one as a lead artiste in Britain and his seventh in total.

Last week’s chart topper, French-Israeli duo Lilly Wood and German producer Robin Schulz, fell to second place with Prayer in C.

Official Charts Company reported that Ed Sheeran holds firm at number three with X, followed by Mercury Prize-nominated rockers Royal Blood with their self-titled debut at number four. Rounding out the top five this week is George Ezra’s Wanted On Voyage. Whereas Bob Marley & The Wailer’s greatest hits collection titled Legend climbed up 42 places to find the number seven slot.

Thirty years ago, the same album had remained number one for 12 consecutive weeks.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 16th, 2014.

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