The King may be dead, but it's another case of long live the King on the U.K. album chart -- Elvis Presley has started a second week at No. 1 with If I Can Dream (Sony Music CG), featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Adele is the queen of the U.K. singles chart for a third week with "Hello" (XL Recordings).
Presley's album did something quite rare in modern chart history by selling more in its second week than its first, with a combined sales and streaming tally of 88,600, compared with 79,000 in its first week. The tally is also only narrowly behind the best weekly scorecard for any artist album this year, the 89,110 achieved by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' Chasing Yesterday (Sour Mash) in March.
Female pop band Little Mix entered the album chart at No. 2 with their third set, Get Weird (Syco Music/Sony), while Ellie Goulding's Delirium (Polydor/Universal) entered, perhaps surprisingly, below Presley and Little Mix at No. 3.
Rod Stewart's Another Country (Capitol/Decca/Universal) fell 2-4 while the new incarnation of the Beatles' 1 compilation (Apple Corps/Universal) arrived at No. 5. The top 10 also welcomed TV personality and comedian Alexander Armstrong's A Year Of Songs (East West/Warner Music) at No. 6 and Anastacia's sixth top 10 album, Ultimate Collection (Sony), at No. 10.
Bob Dylan started at No. 12 with The Best of the Cutting Edge 1965-1966 (Columbia/Sony Legacy) and Seal at No. 13 with 7 (Warner Bros.). Ministry of Sound's The Annual 2016 entered atop the compilation chart.
Adele's single continues its reign in the week that it advanced from gold to platinum certification from the BPI. It finished over 34,000 combined chart sales ahead of Justin Bieber's "Sorry" (Def Jam/Universal), which starts its third week at No. 2. Fleur East, runner-up on the 2014 season of the U.K. X Factor, opened at No. 3 with "Sax" (Syco Music/Sony).
West London trip WSTRN raced 60-4 with "In2" (Atlantic/Warner), as "Never Forget You" (Virgin/Universal) by MNEK & Zara Larsson reached another new peak with a 7-5 climb.