You Me At Six, Clean Bandit Top U.K. Charts

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You Me At Six, the British rock band from Weybridge in Surrey, scored their first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Feb. 2) with “Cavalier Youth” (Virgin/Universal). Clean Bandit, featuring Jess Glynne, held off the challenge of will.i.am and his latest cohorts to start a second week atop the singles chart with “Rather Be” (Atlantic/Warner Music). 

You Me At Six made their first U.K. album chart showing with their debut set “Take Off Your Colours,” which reached No. 25 in 2008. They hit the top ten for the first time with the sophomore release “Hold Me Down,” a No. 5 success in 2010, and reached No. 3 with 2011’s “Sinners Never Sleep.” 

The success of “Cavalier Youth” sent Ellie Goulding back down to No. 2 with “Halcyon” (Polydor/Universal). “Beyoncé” (Columbia/Sony) spent another week at No. 3. There were returns to the top ten for London Grammar’s “If You Wait” (Metal & Dust Recordings), 11-7; Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” (Virgin/Universal), 16-8; and Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” (Interscope/Universal), 22-10. 

Sheryl Crow debuted at No. 16 with “Feels Like Home” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) and Of Mice & Men at No. 17 with “Restoring Force” (Rise Records). On the compilation album chart, “The Trevor Nelson Collection 2” (Sony CG) started a third week at No. 1. 

The Clean Bandit single followed its opening week sales of 163,000 with a further 137,000 in the week to Saturday night, according to the Official Charts Company. That put it comfortably ahead of “Feelin’ Myself” (Interscope/Universal) by will.i.am. featuring Miley Cyrus, French Montana and Wiz Khalifa, which opened at No. 2 on 97,000 sales.

Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (Back Lot) dipped 2-3 as north London electronic duo Gorgon City arrived at No. 4 with “Ready For Your Love” (Virgin/Universal), featuring MNEK. London vocalist Katy B scored a fourth top ten hit as “Crying For No Reason” (Rinse Recordings/Columbia/Sony) started at No. 5. “Drunk In Love” (Columbia/Sony) by Beyoncé featuring Jay Z rose 12-9 and OneRepublic’s “If I Lose Myself” (Interscope/Universal) 32-11. 

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