February 23, 2009 / 5:02 PM / 10 years ago

BRITs winners storm British music charts

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - BRITs award winners Kings of Leon, Duffy and Elbow stormed up the charts this week as their honors translated into success at the cash tills.

The Kings of Leon perform at the Brit Awards at Earls Court in London February 18, 2009. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

U.S. rockers Kings of Leon topped the week’s album rankings with “Only By The Night” while their single “Use Somebody” soared seven places to number three.

The Nashville act, whose record sales in Britain and Australia eclipse those in their home country, scooped the international group and international album categories at Wednesday’s BRITs ceremony.

Sales of the Kings of Leon album jumped by more than 50 percent over the previous week, pushing singer Lily Allen’s “It’s Not Me It’s You” down to second place, the Official Charts Company said.

Welsh singer Duffy’s “Rockferry,” which won the coveted best album prize, jumped 15 places to number four.

“Rockferry” was Britain’s top-selling album of 2008 and worldwide sales are close to five million. Duffy also picked up BRITs for British female and British breakthrough act.

Alternative rockers Elbow, named best British group, leapt 18 places to fifth place with their album “The Seldom Seen Kid.”

Pop duo the Ting Tings — who performed at the BRITs event — were the week’s highest climber in the albums chart, up 25 places at number eight with “We Started Nothing.”

Ex-Smiths singer Morrissey was the highest album new entry with his “Years of Refusal” debuting at number three.

In the singles charts Lily Allen held the top spot with “The Fear,” while American singer Lady GaGa was steady in second place with “Just Dance.”

Reporting by Tim Castle, editing by Paul Casciato

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