Britney Spears and Will.i.am Beat Out Justin Timberlake, 50 Cent For Top UK Single; ‘Les Mis’ Has No. 1

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Polydor/Universal’s original motion picture cast recording of “Les Miserables” climbed 5-1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday), as “Scream & Shout” (Interscope/Universal) by will.i.am featuring Britney Spears held off new entries by 50 Cent and Justin Timberlake to start a second week atop the singles survey.

The “Les Miserables” album rose to the peak after opening its account at No. 5 last week. It now boasts a top 40 single, Anne Hathaway’s version of “I Dreamed A Dream” making its top 75 debut at No. 22. Also from the cast album, Samantha Barks’ “On My Own” entered the 75 at No. 43.

Emeli Sandé’s “Our Version Of Events” (Virgin/EMI) slipped from the album summit to No. 2, with Jake Bugg’s self-titled Mercury/Universal set steady at No. 3. “Arc” (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment), the sophomore release by English alternative rock band Everything Everything, immediately outdid the No. 17 peak of its 2010 predecessor “Man Alive” with a No. 5 debut. Read more

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