Last week’s Brit Awards dramatically boosted album sales of artists who either won awards or performed at the ceremony, the Official Charts Company confirmed today.
Five out of this week’s Top 20 come from Brit Award winners. Three of these are in the Top 5.
King of Leon are the biggest winners on the chart, returning to number one with their album Only By The Night. The multi-platinum album recorded a more than 50% increase in sales from last week.
Only By The Night went straight to number one in September 2008 when it was first released and stayed at the top of the chart for two weeks. Since then, it has never been out of the Top 10. Only By The Night won Best International Album at The Brits and Kings of Leon were named Best International Group.
Coldplay, who performed at the Brits ceremony, climbed 16 places from No. 31 to No. 15 with their album Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
Duffy’s album Rockferry, also multi-platinum, almost doubled its sales from the previous week and climbs fifteen places up the chart from 19 to 4. Rockferry won Mastercard British Album at The Brits. Duffy won Best British Female Artist and Best British Breakthrough Artist.
Elbow (Best British Group) saw their album The Seldom Seen Kid climb eighteen places to number five.
The Ting Tings, who performed at The Brits ceremony, recorded the biggest chart increase. Their album We Started Nothing climbs twenty-five places to number eight, a sales increase of more than 80% on last week.
Pet Shop Boys (Outstanding Contribution to Music) returned to the Top 20 with their new album Popart -The Hits a new entry at number nineteen.