'Uptown Special' goes straight to the top of the Official Albums Chart
Mark Ronson has simultaneously topped the UK’s Official Singles and Official Albums Chart.
Released last week, the producer’s fourth studio album, ‘Uptown Special’, is his first Number One LP in the UK after his previous two records, 2007’s ‘Version’ and 2010’s ‘Record Collection’, both reached Number Two.
In addition, Ronson claimed a sixth non-consecutive week at Number 1 in the Singles Chart with ‘Uptown Funk’, which achieved combined chart sales of 120,000 in the last seven days. The track was also streamed more than 2.5 million times over the week.
“This is absolutely incredible,” Ronson told OfficialCharts.com. “I want to thank Jeff Bhasker, Michael Chabon and Emile Haynie who were there since the very beginning of this record – as well as Alison Donald, Mark Terry and Jason Iley at Sony UK. And finally, thank you to everyone who went out to the shop and bought the CD or pointed and clicked on ‘Uptown Special’ this week – I really can’t believe it.”
This week’s Number Two spot in the Albums Chart also went to a new entry. Fall Out Boy’s sixth studio record, ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’, finished behind ‘Uptown Special’ by less than 1,900 copies.
Bjork debuts at Number 11 with ‘Vulnicura’ following its surprise release on Tuesday (January 20), while Sleater-Kinney have broken the UK Top 40 for the first time with ‘No Cities To Love’, which has reached Number 27.
In the Singles Chart, singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor is this week’s highest climber, moving up 48 places to Number 2 with ‘Lips Are Movin”.
Ronson has previously dedicated ‘Uptown Special’ to Amy Winehouse, with whom he helped craft the singer’s ‘Back To Black’ album and a cover of The Zutons’ ‘Valerie’ prior to her death in 2011. In a handwritten message, a picture of which he posted via Twitter, Ronson wrote: “Although I wish you were still here, I’m always thinking of you, inspired by you and your music lives on in myself and everyone who ever felt it.”