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The Verve Storms To No. 1 U.K. Debut

The reunited Verve delivered a No. 1 U.K. album for Parlophone/EMI yesterday (Aug. 31) as “Forth” debuted at the top. In a double for EMI labels, Virgin’s Katy Perry started a fourth week at the singles chart summit with “I Kissed a Girl.”

The Verve’s fourth album, its first in 11 years, thus matches the performance of its 1997 predecessor “Urban Hymns,” which entered at No. 1 in October of that year. The band’s “A Storm in Heaven” debut reached No. 27 in 1992 and “A Northern Soul” topped at No. 13 in 1995.