Ed Sheeran’s 'X' Rules U.K. Album Chart For Eighth Week
Ed Sheeran’s X (Asylum/Warner Music) extended its U.K. album chart to eight weeks yesterday (Aug. 17), while Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) started a second week atop the singles chart.
Sheeran’s album was already the longest-running bestseller on the artist album chart since Adele’s 21 (XL Recordings) in 2011, and the new Official Charts Company survey showed it staying ahead of Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Virgin), which moved back 3-2 to trade places with Blue Smoke -- The Best Of Dolly Parton (Sony Masterworks).
The Gaslight Anthem’s Get Hurt (EMI/Universal) was the top new entry, at No. 4, which compares to a No. 2 start for its 2012 predecessor Handwritten.
Britain’s Got Talent graduates Richard & Adam debuted at No. 5 with their At The Movies (Sony Music). The duo reached No. 1 last summer with their debut album The Impossible Dream and then No. 24 with The Christmas Album.
Female pop outfit the Saturdays entered at No. 10 with Finest Selection -- The Greatest Hits (Polydor/Universal), while critical darling FKA Twigs started at No. 16 with her debut release LP1 (Young Turks Recordings). Sinead O’Connor came in at No. 22 with I’m Not Bossy I’m The Boss (Nettwerk), her highest ranking since Universal Mother reached No. 19 in 1994.
Grant Nicholas, frontman of rock band Feeder, arrived at No. 29 with the solo set Yorktown Heights (Popping Candy). Now That’s What I Call Music! 88 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) is in its fourth week at the compilation chart summit.
Nico & Vinz continue to lead an unusually static singles chart in which MAGIC!’s “Rude” (RCA/Sony) held at No. 2 and OneRepublic’s “Love Runs Out” (Interscope/Universal) is at No. 3.
Canadian singer-songwriter Kiesza’s “Giant In My Heart” (Lokal Legend/Universal), the follow-up to her spring No. 1 “Hideaway,” debuted at No. 4, with the former chart-topper “Ghost” (Syco Music/Sony) back up 6-5. Ed Sheeran’s “Don’t,” the latest single from the all-powerful X album, shot up 23-11, while English hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks came in at No. 14 with “Tell Her” (Universal Island).