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Sunday, May 27, 2012

UK Chart Roundup: Saint Etienne Land Highest Album Debut In 14 Years

First, the UK singles: The Wanted debut at #2 with "Chasing The Sun", recorded for their self-titled  US EP, thus marking their sixth Top 10 single in the boy band's home country. Another debut that fares pretty decently (considering it was released just two days prior to the chart being published) is Kylie Minogue's "Timebomb", which enters at #31. It's her highest position on the UK chart since "Get Outta My Way" made it to #12 in 2010. Elsewhere, Kylie's pals Scissor Sisters drop from #12 to #22 with "Only The Horses."

That brings us to Saint Etienne and their new LP Words And Music By Saint Etienne, which debuts on the UK album chart at #26. That's not a spectacular position by any means, but considering the declining chart peaks of their last three offerings — Sound Of Water (2000, #33), Finisterre (2002, #55) and Tales From Turnpike House (2005, #72) — I'm sure the band will take it.

The Et's most recent album to place higher on the UK album chart was 1998's Good Humour, which reached #18.

The UK Top 10:

1. "We Are Young" - fun. feat. Janelle Monae *1 week*
2. "Chasing The Sun" - The Wanted *new*
3. "Call Me Maybe" - Carly Rae Jepsen
4. "R.I.P." - Rita Ora feat. Tinie Tempah
5. "Too Close" - Alex Clare
6. "Where Have You Been" - Rihanna
7. "Picking Up The Pieces" - Paloma Faith *new*
8. "Drive By" - Train
9. "Somebody That I Used To Know" - Gotye feat. Kimbra
10. "Young" - Tulisa

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