Pop still benefits from post-BRITs ripple

BastilleSerial chart watcher Russell Iliffe assesses how BRIT Award feedback has influenced record sales in the aftermath of the ceremony…

Bastille are certainly validating their British Breakthrough Act achievement at last month’s BRIT Awards by continuing to storm the charts both at home and abroad.

The quartet returned to the top of the UK albums chart last month with debut set Bad Blood. And, as well as recapturing the summit in their 51st week on the chart, Bastille have also continued to explode in the States.

Last year’s UK smash Pompeii is currently at number five and still climbing after a whopping 29 weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Fellow BRIT winner Ellie Goulding, who triumphed in the British Female Solo Artist category, is also still riding high in the UK albums chart with her 2012 release Halcyon.

Re-packaged last year with extra tracks and certified double platinum, it continues to deliver hits with Goodness Gracious being the seventh top 40 entry to be lifted from the set.

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Unsurprisingly, BRITs fever worked its magic for many of last year’s big albums with Arctic Monkeys, Disclosure and Rudimental all being catapulted back into the top five.

Additionally, Critics’ Choice Award winner Sam Smith scored his first solo number one single with Money on My Mind. 

Elsewhere, home grown singer songwriter Katy B recently bagged her first UK chart-topping album with Little Red, the follow-up to 2011’s introductory On a Mission.

However, this week sees the mighty Pharrell Williams not only scoring his first UK number one album with G I R L but also owning the fastest selling artist album of 2014, according to the Official Charts Company.

The long player features his million-selling smash Happy which recently climbed back to the top of the chart for a third time.  It is 57 years since this has happened, with only two other singles managing the feat – Frankie Laine’s I Believe in 1953 and Guy Mitchell’s Singing the Blues in 1957.

Meanwhile, British singer Jess Glynne is proving a force to be reckoned with on the UK singles chart.  Having already spent a month at number one as guest vocalist on Clean Bandit’s Rather Be, she is back after just two weeks away from the summit, featuring on this week’s chart-topper My Love by 20-year-old DJ and producer Route 94.

In transatlantic pop news, US duo A Great Big World have sold over three million copies of their single Say Something across the pond and the track has now been a top five success over here.

The ballad is another hit record to feature a guest vocal from Christina Aguilera, following her appearances on the Maroon 5 juggernaut Moves Like Jagger in 2011 and Pitbull’s A-ha sampling Feel This Moment last year.

Finally, Starship have returned to the UK top 40 with their 80’s hit We Built This City following its use in the current TV ad for 3 mobile.  The super-catchy song peaked at number 12 on its original release in 1985 and went all the way to number one in the States.