In a U.K. chart week dominated by former X Factor winners on Syco Music/Sony, Little Mix tops the singles list for a third week with “Shout Out To My Ex,” while James Arthur completes a remarkable comeback with a No. 1 album debut for sophomore LP Back From The Edge.
Arthur spent three weeks atop the singles chart in September and October with “Say You Won't Let Go,” and now follows it with opening sales of 41,000 combined units for his second studio album. It thus outdoes the No. 2 peak of his self-titled 2013 debut, which followed his win on the talent show the year before.
Arthur subsequently suffered a significant career dip amid various controversies, but recovered to sign a new deal with Columbia and then make a return to Syco. Significantly, he thus becomes only the second former X Factor winner to top the U.K. chart with their second album, after Leona Lewis' Echo album did the trick in 2009.