After a great first day of sales Jamiroquai unfortunately slowly edged down the Official UK Albums Chart during the week to end at number 4. The UK chart is based on sales of CDs, downloads, vinyl and weighted audio streams.
This beats Rock Dust Light Star (in position, but not sales - please continue reading..), which entered the album chart at number 7 back in November 2010. All other albums have charted higher in their first week of release. The chart commentary from musicweek.com writes...
"Jamiroquai's first album in more than six years, Automaton is the highest of nine debuts this week, opening at No.4 (22,277 sales). Their eighth studio album, it fails to match the top three placings of their first six but surpasses the seventh, Rock Dust Light Star.
However, your take on whether it is bigger than its predecessor depends on whether you are ranking by chart position, in which case it is, or first week sales, in which case it isn't, as Rock Dust Light Star's No.7 opening/peak was attended by sales of 34,379 in an extraordinarily competitive week which saw seven debuts in the Top 10.
In fact, Automaton's first week sales are the lowest for a Jamiroquai studio album since 1994, when second album The Return Of The Space Cowboy sold 20,191 copies in debuting at No.2. Their fourth album, Synkronized secured their biggest first week sale of 98,834 copies, becoming the second of their four No.1 albums to date. Despite its brisk start, Synkronized - which features the hits Canned Heat, Supersonic and King For A Day - is far from being their biggest seller, with overall sales of 563,487 to date placing it far behind 1996 predecessor Travelling Without Moving. Their only million seller thus far, Travelling... had first week sales of 65,263 copies, and spent a fortnight at No.2 (behind first REM, then Kula Shaker) but never reached No.1. The only Jamiroquai album to spawn three Top 10 hits - Virtual Insanity, Cosmic Girl and Alright - it had very long legs, and has thus far sold 1,219,197 copies. Its fourth single, High Times, secured a lesser No.20 peak but lent its name to their subsequent compilation High Times: Singles 1992-2006, which reached No.1. It jumps 130-84 (1,303 sales) this week and is their second biggest seller, with to-date sales of 893,324."