UK shows evidence of changing culture in near-comeback
Timberlake’s album, The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2, had led midweek sales by just 28 copies but was overtaken by Californian sisters, Haim. In the singles chart, OneRepublic’s Counting Stars claimed victory from The Vamps’ Can We Dance. The Official Charts Company said it was “the closest race of the year”. Ryan Tedder’s band OneRepublic secured its first UK number one after rising two places, with just 1,150 copies standing between the two tracks. It is the first time Timberlake has failed to top the UK chart with a new album The debut record from Haim, made up of sisters Este, Danielle and Alana, had been eagerly anticipated since the band won the BBC’s Sound Of 2013 poll in January. Days Are Gone features their three hit singles Don’t Save Me, Falling and The Wire, which the band dedicated to Prime Minister David Cameron when they both appeared on the Andrew Marr programme on BBC One last week. It finished the week 2,100 copies ahead of the second instalment of Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience album series. The original album, which is still at number 33 in the chart, spent three weeks at Number 1 in March and was the star’s third consecutive UK number one album. Last week’s number one album – Mechanical Bull by Kings Of Leon – slipped down to three, with Arctic Monkeys’ AM static at four and Drake’s Nothing Was The Same down to five. Dizzee Rascal’s The Fifth enterted the album chart at number ten, while his new single Something Really Bad took the same position in the single’s chart. Biggest sellers Jason Derulo’s single Talk Dirty FT 2 Chainz dropped to number three with Katy Perry’s Roar in fourth and Chase & Status in fifth with Count On Me FT Moko.
Haim beat Justin Timberlake to top UK album chart
Not as much as their publishing this piece of dreck on the subject, true, but then that was a comment piece where the rules of reality and evidence are thought to be rather lower. But heres their report anyway : Google is back in the firing line over its tax affairs after the giant internet firm revealed it paid only 11.6m to the Treasury last year, despite generating $5.5bn (3.4bn) of business in the UK. Margaret Hodge, the chairwoman of the Commons public accounts committee who earlier this year accused Google of breaking its company motto of dont be evil said it had once again shown contempt for its customers and UK taxpayers. Googles complex tax arrangements, under which sales are booked in Ireland but revenues funnelled to a subsidiary in the tax haven of Bermuda, help the group pay minimal tax on the billions it earns outside the US. Google UK said in its latest accounts that it earned pre-tax profits of 37m on a turnover of 506m. The thing is, Google didnt pay 11.6 million in tax on that 37 million profit. Its paid 30.8 million in tax on that profit of 37 million for a tax rate of 83.8%. The actual accounts I have here. And as you can see the numbers The Guardian are using are simply wrong. The reason why theyre wrong is also simple enough to explain. Google was expensing certain of the stock awards that theyve made to staff. HMRC has, possibly correctly, insisted that these are not in fact tax-deductible expenses.
UK mounted a spirited rally, outscoring South Carolina 28-14 over the final 44:20. Twice the Cats climbed to within a single score in the fourth quarter, but the comeback bid was finally foiled when the Gamecocks picked up a pair of first downs on their final drive to salt away the 35-28 win. Stoops has little interest in moral victories, but even he couldn’t help but be pleased by the way his team responded to the largest deficit it has faced all season. “I was proud of our team because we did talk about it and prepare for it and if they did, we would stay in there and not flinch, take their best shot and battle back and have an opportunity to make plays in the fourth quarter to win the game,” Stoops said. “I was proud of the fact that we were in position to do that and very frustrated that we did not do that.” The play weighing most on his mind was a third-and-3 on South Carolina’s final drive. Stoops expected a read-option with Connor Shaw potentially handing to Mike Davis, so the Cats blitzed. Davis got the ball and appeared hemmed in, but managed five yards to prolong the possession and keep the ball away from Jalen Whitlow and the suddenly hot UK offense. For the first time this season, UK used a single quarterback from start to finish and the change paid dividends. With Jalen Whitlow running the show, the Cats had some early hiccups on offense. Stoops, however, resisted the urge to make a switch to Maxwell Smith. “I gotta admit: I was thinking about some things in the middle of the game,” Stoops said.