About timing (Music Week)

When it comes to topping the chart, timing is everything. Paul Weller wasn't able to get it right in 2010, when his Wake Up The Nation album debuted at number two, on sales of 52,563, beaten to the punch by AC/DC's unexpectedly big first week for compilation/soundtrack Iron Man 2 - but Weller got it right this week, and tops the chart with follow-up Sonik Kicks taking pole position despite a substantially lower first week sale of 30,269.

It is 53 year old Weller's fourth solo number one album, following Stanley Road (1995, on first week sales of 62,603), Illumination (2002, 54,283) and 22 Dreams (2008, 58,924). It comes 30 years to the week after his first number one album, The Gift, as a member of The Jam. Despite their popularity, it was their only number one album, though he returned to the summit as leader of The Style Council with Our Favourite Shop (1985) before pursuing a solo career.

Sonik Kicks sold: 30,269

This year's No.1 sales so far:

1 January + Ed Sheeran 47,376
8 January 21 Adele 38,380
15 January Doo-Wops & Hooligans Bruno Mars 24,509
22 January 21 Adele 20,978
29 January + Ed Sheeran 20,607
5 February Born To Die Lana Del Rey 116,745
12 February 60,003
19 February Our Version of Events Emeli Sandé 113,319
26 February 21 Adele 65,091
4 March Our Version of Events Emeli Sandé 44,722
11 March Wrecking Ball Bruce Springsteen 74,401
18 March In My Dreams Military Wives 59,026
25 March Sonik Kicks Paul Weller 30,269


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