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Sunday, January 26, 2014

UK Chart Roundup: Sophie Ellis-Bextor Lands Highest-Charting Album In 13 Years

The last time underrated pop doll Sophie Ellis-Bextor had an album in the UK Top 40 was nearly seven years ago, when her third LP Trip The Light Fantastic made it to #7. Her last outing, Make A Scene, unfortunately only got to #33, following an initial Russia-only release. (Ugh.)

So consider it quite a victory for Sophe that Wanderlust, a set that saw the singer ditching her dance-pop leanings and going more orchestral, debuted at #4 on the UK album today. It's her highest chart placing there since her debut, Read My Lips, valiantly appeared at #2. Chalk it up to the power of Strictly Come Dancing.

Side note: Just found this classy 2009 tweet I did regarding La Bex's third album:
Personally, I've not yet committed to listening to Wanderlust the whole way through yet. Granted, I've tried twice, but I found myself getting easily distracted from it. (Sorry, but there's, like, so much porn to catch up on.) The snow outside is lending the perfect atmosphere, however, so today is going to be the day I just dive into this thing.

Anyway, here's the video for the pretty rad dance track "Rather Be," the first #1 single — and only the second Top 20 hit — for Clean Bandit:

Below that, British boy band Vamps trump British girl group Neon Jungle in a battle of the ol' ticker, as the former's "Wild Heart" debuts at #3 while the latter's "Braveheart" contends with a #4 entry.

The UK Top 10:

1. "Rather Be" - Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne *new* *1 week*
2. "Happy" - Pharrell Williams
3. "Wild Heart" - Vamps *new*
4. "Braveheart" - Neon Jungle *new*
5. "Timber" - Pitbull feat. Ke$ha
6. "Hey Brother" - Avicii
7. "Trumpets" - Jason Derulo
8. "Million Pound Girl (Badder Than Bad)" - Fuse ODG
9. "Control" - Matrix & Futurebound
10. "Riptide" - Vance Joy

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  • At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Pranav said…

    "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit is quite the jam. There is no way I am going to make it through "Wanderlust". I loved some of the songs on "Make a scene" and would have loved another album in a similar vein. That being said, I am glad the album debuted as high as it did. Sophie is quite a babe and I think this compensates for some of the great tracks of hers that were overlooked. Noteworthy examples include "Starlight" and "Me and my imagination".


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