Archive for July, 2012

Plan B scores No.1 album with ‘iLL Manors’ soundtrack

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Plan B has won his second UK number one album with iLL Manors.

The soundtrack to his crime movie of the same name is the follow-up to 2010’s The Defamation of Strickland Banks.

The Gaslight Anthem enter in second position with their latest LP Handwritten, while Maroon 5 fall one place to three with Overexposed.

Jennifer Lopez lands at four with her ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation Dance Again, with Rihanna climbing up to five with Talk That Talk.

Joss Stone’s The Soul Sessions Vol 2 enters at six, Ed Sheeran drops to to seven with + and Olympics opening ceremony performer Emeli Sandé climbs two to eight with Our Version of Events.

Adele is still in the Top 10 with 21 at nine, while last week’s number one from Elton John and Pnau drops nine spots to ten.


‘The Dark Knight Rises’ tops UK box office

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises has debuted at the top of the UK box office on its first weekend on release.

Christopher Nolan’s final Batman instalment pulls in £14.6 million to easily secure the number one spot ahead of Ice Age 4: Continental Drift and The Amazing Spider-Man.

The Dark Knight Rises‘s three-day total, from Friday through Sunday, is the highest of the year so far. It narrowly misses out on the biggest opening weekend of 2012 to The Avengers, whose £15.78 million total was aided by £2.55 million in previews.

The Batman trilogy closer’s opening haul outpaces the £4.43 million earned by The Dark Knight in 2008 and the £4.43 million taken home by 2005’s Batman Begins.

Elsewhere, the UK top ten sees Magic Mike and The Five-Year Engagement at numbers four and five, while Bollywood release Cocktail is at six.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World experiences the sharpest fall as it loses 83% in ticket sales on its second weekend in cinemas.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) The Dark Knight Rises – £14,362,443
2. (1) Ice Age 4: Continental Drift – £2,112,021
3. (2) The Amazing Spider-Man – £1,051,641
4. (3) Magic Mike – £885,330
5. (6) The Five-Year Engagement – £77,158
6. (5) Cocktail – £70,212
7. (4) Seeking a Friend for the End of the World – £59,788
8. (7) Men in Black 3 – £55,680
9. (8) Prometheus – £39,075
10. (9) Katy Perry: Part of Me – £38,327

Source: Rentrak

Elton John scores first No.1 album in 22 years

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Elton John has scored his first UK number one album in 22 years with Good Morning to the Night.

His collaboration with electronic act Pnau earned the legendary singer his first chart-topper since 1990’s The Very Best of Elton John.

Pnau and John held off the challenge from Maroon 5, whose album Overexposed climbed one spot to two.

Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange drops one place to three, while Paul Simon’s re-released Graceland climbs four to four. Ed Sheeran’s + completes the top five.

Rihanna climbs up seven places to six with Talk That Talk, while Adele’s 21 climbs back into the Top 10 yet again at seven.

Nas achieves his first ever UK Top 10 album with Life is Good at eight, while Train climb eight places to nine with California 37.


‘Ice Age 4: Continental Drift’ returns to UK box office top spot

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift has returned to the top of the box office.

The 20th Century Fox animated sequel, which opened wide across UK cinemas over the weekend, pulls in more than £10 million to knock last week’s chart-topper The Amazing Spider-Man into second place.

Ice Age secured the number one spot two weeks ago thanks to an early release in Scotland, Wales, Ireland and previews in the UK.

Channing Tatum’s male stripper movie Magic Mike is a new entry at number three, with Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and Bollywood release Cocktail completing the top five.

The biggest chart faller is Katy Perry: Part of Me, which drops five places to number nine after experiencing a 64% dip in ticket sales.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (2) Ice Age 4: Continental Drift – £10,087,052
2. (1) The Amazing Spider-Man – £3,905,474
3. (-) Magic Mike – £2,651,015
4. (-) Seeking a Friend for the End of the World – £357,200
5. (-) Cocktail – £296,778
6. (3) The Five-Year Engagement – £258,618
7. (5) Men in Black 3 – £215,720
8. (6) Prometheus – £185,853
9. (4) Katy Perry: Part of Me – £161,114
10. (7) Snow White and the Huntsman – £152,741

Source: Rentrak

Newton Faulkner tops UK album chart with ‘Write It On Your Skin’

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Newton Faulkner has topped the UK albums chart with third LP Write It On Your Skin.

The Brit singer-songwriter emerged as the early favourite for number one after the album was revealed to be the biggest seller in the midweek charts.

It is Faulkner’s second number one record, as debut Hand Built by Robots reached the top spot after four weeks on release in 2007.

Faulkner said to of his latest achievement: “I’ve been completely blown away by the response to this album. It was three years solid work, but so worth it!”

Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange debuts at number two, only 3,000 copies behind Faulkner, after the record was rush-released this week.

Ocean’s arrival bumps Maroon 5’s Overexposed down to three, while hotly-tipped South Londoner Lianne La Havas debuts at four with her first album Is Your Love Big Enough?. Last week’s chart-topper, Chris Brown’s Fortune, completes the top five.

Other new entries this week come from Scottish rockers The View, whose Cheeky For a Reason goes straight in at nine, and Adam Lambert’s Trespassing, entering the chart at 16. Canadian prog-rock stars Rush’s 19th studio album Clockwork Angels also makes its debut at 21.

Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now is this week’s highest climber, jumping 24 places from 56 to 32, while the self-titled debut album from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds is also up seven places to 26.

Source: Official Charts Company

Andrew Garfield’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ tops UK box office

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man has shot straight to the top of the UK box office on its debut weekend on release.

The Andrew Garfield-led superhero reboot pulls in more than £11 million to easily coast past its competition and secure the number one spot.

Amazing Spider-Man‘s opening total, which includes previews from Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, is more than the rest of the top ten combined and the second-highest UK debut of the year behind Avengers‘ £15.78 million haul.

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift falls down a place to number two, while The Five-Year Engagement holds its spot at number three.

Katy Perry’s 3D concert movie Part of Me lands at number four with £449,491 from its 326 locations. The documentary’s total falls short of last year’s Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, which took £821,000 on its opening weekend, but outpaces Glee: The 3D Concert Movie‘s £356,271 from last August.

Elsewhere, the only other new release to make it into the top ten is Bollywood film Bol Bachchan at number eight.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) The Amazing Spider-Man – £11,091,972
2. (1) Ice Age 4: Continental Drift – £719,769
3. (3) The Five-Year Engagement – £514,702
4. (-) Katy Perry: Part of Me – £449,491
5. (4) Men in Black 3 – £389,853
6. (2) Prometheus – £324,779
7. (5) Snow White and the Huntsman – £312,318
8. (-) Bol Bachchan – £160,941
9. (7) Friends with Kids – £134,752
10. (10) Killer Joe – £122,831

Source: Rentrak

Chris Brown wins first UK number one album

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Chris Brown has scored his first UK number one album, with his fifth LP Fortune debuting at the top of the chart.

Brown’s follow-up to 2011’s F.A.M.E. replaced Linkin Park’s Living Things at the summit and outsold the number two album, Overexposed by Maroon 5, by 11,000 copies.

Linkin Park slipped to third, as Ed Sheeran’s + dropped one place to number four. Emeli Sandé’s Our Version of Events – which is the second biggest-selling album of 2012 so far, behind Adele’s 21 – held on to the number five spot.

Adele’s record-breaking sophomore album rose from number 15 to number nine, after slipping out of the top ten last month for the first time since its January 2011 release.


‘Ice Age 4: Continental Drift’ tops UK box office

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift has topped the UK box office.

The animated sequel opened to £853,226, making it the first movie to debut in the number one spot with less than £1 million since 2010’s The Other Guys.

Ice Age 4 opened in Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland on Friday (June 29) to coincide with the school holiday. Its slim location count – just 134 – will be boosted when it is released in England and Wales on July 13.

Prometheus climbs up two places to occupy the number two spot, romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement holds on to third place, Men in Black 3 is at four and Kristen Stewart’s Snow White and the Huntsman is a non-mover at five.

Last week’s chart-topper Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter experiences a sharp 65% drop in ticket sales as it tumbles down to number six.

Elsewhere, the only other new release to make it into the top ten is William Friedkin’s Killer Joe.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) Ice Age 4: Continental Drift – £853,226
2. (4) Prometheus – £750,652
3. (3) The Five-Year Engagement – £745,400
4. (2) Men in Black 3 – £727,787
5. (5) Snow White and the Huntsman – £606,624
6. (1) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – £386,743
7. (-) Friends with Kids – £357,520
8. (7) Chernobyl Diaries – £284,530
9. (6) Rock of Ages – £240,445
10. (-) Killer Joe – £208,553

Source: Rentak

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ rated 12A by BBFC, running time confirmed

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises has been rated 12A by the British Board of Film Classification.

Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman film was given the rating for “moderate violence”, according to the BBFC’s website.

The same rating was given to previous instalments Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, in 2005 and 2008 respectively.

The movie has been given the equivalent rating of PG-13 in the US.

A 12A rating means that the film is generally only suitable for those aged 12 or over, although children below this age may see the film if accompanied by an adult who judges it to be suitable for them.

The Dark Knight Rises has also had its running time confirmed at 164 minutes. It is the longest Batman movie yet, outrunning Batman Begins (140 minutes) and The Dark Knight (152 minutes).

Linkin Park beat Maroon 5 to score third UK No.1 album

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Linkin Park have scored their third UK number one album with Living Things.

The rock band beat Maroon 5’s new album Overexposed to the number one spot by just over 3,000 copies.

Ed Sheeran climbs back up four places to three with long-runner +, while Justin Bieber drops from last week’s number one to four with Believe.

Emeli Sandé falls one place to five with Our Version of Events

Cheryl Cole drops four spots to six with A Million Lights, while Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne climbs up 13 spots to seven following their BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend performance.

Flo Rida enters at eight with his new album Wild Ones.

Rihanna climbs back up four places to nine with Talk That Talk, while Paloma Faith’s Fall to Grace drops seven to complete the top ten.