CHART ANALYSIS: Spring has seen the return of one of Britain’s most consistent and globally successful bands. Depeche Mode unleashed their new album Delta Machine at the end of March, smashing into the UK chart at number two and debuting at number six in the US.
It’s no surprise then that Delta Machine has topped a host of European charts as well as hitting the top ten further afield. The Mode have notched up 16 top ten albums and 43 top 40 singles in the UK since first charting in 1981. Oddly, they have never had a top three single at home despite a string of hits including Just Can’t Get Enough, Everything Counts and Enjoy the Silence.
Comeback king David Bowie continues to enjoy huge success in 2013 with The Next Day which gave him his first British number one album for 20 years. It is also amazingly his highest charting album ever in the States peaking at number two, in addition to being his first top ten longplayer over there since 1983’s Let’s Dance.
Also making a resurgence this spring is Liverpool synth-pop band OMD, who released their 12th studio album this week. The band first came to prominence in the late seventies with debut single Electricity, before going on to help define the era of electronic pop.
Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience has become the fastest selling album of the year to date on both sides of the Atlantic with particularly impressive first week US sales of 968,000 copies.
This week Timberlake has beaten off strong competition on the UK chart from Las Vegas based indie rockers Imagine Dragons who roar in at number two with their debut set Night Visions. The album has also reached second position in the States where the group are enjoying a smash hit single with Radioactive.
Over on the UK singles chart, dance track Need U (100%) by Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E replaces the shock chart-topping feat of Geordie TV favourites Ant and Dec. The duo’s single Let’s Get Ready to Rhumble, released under the alias of their Byker Grove characters PJ & Duncan, originally peaked at number nine back in 1994.
However, a live performance of the track on their Saturday Night Takeaway TV show sparked an iTunes frenzy giving the pair their first number one. Ant and Dec were last seen on the chart eleven years ago with the Official 2002 England World Cup song We’re on the Ball which peaked at number three.
The Saturdays recently collaborated with Sean Paul to score their first UK number one single with What About Us, confirmed by the Official Charts Company as the fastest selling single of the year to date. The British girl band have totalled 12 top ten hits since 2008 including If This Is Love, Up and Ego.
Finally, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have returned to the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 with Thrift Shop, having wrestled their title back from Baauer and his Harlem Shake. The unstoppable duo has now clocked up a total of six weeks at the summit.
Words: Russell Iliffe, PRS for Music