Blur and Years & Years make their mark on the UK charts

Years and YearsCHART ANALYSIS: PRS for Music’s pop specialist Russell Iliffe takes a look at this month’s movers and shakers in the hit parades on both side of the Atlantic.

May has kicked off with iconic indie giants Blur enjoying a critical and commercial comeback with their eighth studio album, The Magic Whip.

The band’s first set for 12 years was at one point last week outselling the rest of the top five put together and has become their sixth long player to top the UK chart.

The quartet scored their first chart-topping album back in 1994 with Parklife, while they have also enjoyed two number one singles during their 25 year chart career, with Country House and Beetlebum, both reaching the summit in the nineties.

However, it is their anthem Song 2, a number two hit in 1997, which qualifies as their most downloaded track according to Official Charts Company data.

Blur have ended a one-week reign at the top by US singing star Josh Groban with his musical theatre themed offering Stages. Meanwhile, veteran singer-songwriter Paul Simon also recently enjoyed a seven day spell in pole position with his best of package The Ultimate Collection, his first album to top the chart in 25 years.

Over on the UK singles chart, Jamaica’s OMI finally reached number one, duplicating his success across Europe with the Felix Jaehn remix of Cheerleader.

A battle for supremacy saw him topple US rapper Wiz Khalifa’s See You Again, taken from the soundtrack of the film Furious 7.

Khalifa’s global smash recently ended a 14 week run at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 for dynamic duo Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, with Uptown Funk.

That means that the 16 week reign of Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s 1995 hit One Sweet Day still holds the record for the longest stay at the top of the iconic American chart.

See You Again also features vocals and piano from You Tube discovery Charlie Puth who already has a second hit in Australia. The 23-year-old from New Jersey duets with Meghan Trainor on the retro flavoured track Marvin Gaye, which marches upwards into the top five.

Other than Mark Ronson, British acts performing well on the US chart include Ellie Goulding with Love Me Like You Do and Ed Sheeran with Thinking Out Loud, both still inside the top 10.

Sheeran and Sam Smith also both see their current albums (X and In the Lonely Hour respectively) moving back up the top 10.

Elsewhere, Carly Rae Jepsen gets her second UK top three smash with the extremely catchy I Really Like You, complete with its quirky video starring a lip-synching Tom Hanks.

The Canadian star shot to fame three years ago with pop juggernaut Call Me Maybe, the best selling global single of 2012, with sales for that year alone surpassing the ten million barrier.

Finally, BBC Sound Of 2015 poll winners Years & Years (top left) swept to the top of the UK singles chart with King earlier this year and are experiencing international success, with the track performing strongly across Europe. The trio, who spent two months in the top 10 at home with King, release their debut album this summer.