July 21, 2013 19:01

Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' album beats Pet Shop Boys to UK Number One

Meanwhile, Kings Of Leon notch up their 11th Top 40 hit on the UK's Official Singles Chart

Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' album beats Pet Shop Boys to UK Number One

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Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' album - home to the million-selling single of the same name - has debuted at Number One on the UK's Official Albums Chart.

Pet Shop Boys, who were battling Thicke for the top spot earlier in the week, have to settle for a Number Three debut with their 12th studio album 'Electric'. That's still the electro-pop duo's highest position on the Official Albums Chart since they reached Number One with 'Very' in 1993.

Last week's Number One album, 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' by Jay Z, slips to second this week, with Rod Stewart's 'Time' and Passenger's 'All The Little Lights' rounding off the Top 5.

Responding to news of his success, Robin Thicke told OfficialCharts.com: "Thank you for making my new album Number One in the UK! This is a dream come true. I hope everyone enjoys it. Peace, love, and sexy!"

However, Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' single is knocked off Number One on the Official Singles Chart by Swedish DJ/producer Avicii, whose club banger 'Wake Me Up' becomes the fastest-selling single of 2013 so far after selling 267,000 copies in its first week of release. The year's previous fastest-seller was 'Blurred Lines', which sold 191,000 copies in seven days back in May.

'Blurred Lines' slips to second this week, followed by John Newman's former chart-topper 'Love Me Again' in third and Icona Pop's breakthrough hit 'I Love It' in fourth. Outside of the Top Ten, Avril Lavigne debuts at Number 14 with new tune 'Here's To Never Growing Up'.

Meanwhile, Kings Of Leon's 'Supersoaker' enters the UK's Official Singles Chart at Number 32. The track, the first to be taken from the band's forthcoming album 'Mechanical Bull', becomes their 11th Top 40 hit in the UK.

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