'Now That's What I Call Music 100' Delivers Banner Week in U.K.

Now That's What I Call Music: 100
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Now That's What I Call Music: 100

As the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again soundtrack (Polydor/Universal) climbs 4-1 on the U.K.'s artist album chart, the big news of the week is on the separate compilations survey. The landmark 100th U.K. edition of Now That's What I Call Music (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) delivers a banner week there, as the fastest-selling album of 2018.

Meanwhile, Drake has a second week atop the singles chart with “In My Feelings” (Cash Money/Republic/Universal).

The new Now collection -- which features artists like Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa, Spice Girls, Ariana Grande, and 5 Seconds of Summer -- has first-week combined units of 176,000, according to the Official Charts Company, compared to 115,000 for Now 99 and 154,000 for Now 98. Drake's Scorpion was the U.K.'s previous fastest-selling album of 2018 with an opening 64,000. The arrival of the new Now means that the compilations have now spent 655 weeks at No. 1 in the market; the series claims total sales in its 35-year history of 120 million. The CD reissue of 1983's first Now That's What I Call Music takes it back into the compilation chart at No. 2.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again completes its climb to the top of the artist album chart with weekly combined units of 35,000. With The Greatest Showman (Atlantic/Warner) climbs back 3-2, it's the first time that film scores have occupied the top two on the chart since 1978. Polydor's original Mamma Mia! soundtrack climbs again 13-5, in the first week with three film titles in the top five since 1969, the OCC confirms.

Drake's Scorpion retreats 1-3 on the new countdown, while George Ezra's Staying At Tamara's (Columbia/Sony) up 5-4. ABBA mania continues with their Gold -- Greatest Hits retrospective up 19-7 (Polydor/Universal), its first time in the top ten since 2008. The late XXXTentacion's ? (Virgin/Universal) climbs again, 11-10.

Drake's “In My Feelings” keeps its singles crown with weekly streams of 9.1 million. Ezra's “Shotgun” is steady at No. 2, while Jonas Blue's “Rise” (Positiva/Universal), featuring Jack & Jack, hits a new peak in its ninth week with a 6-3 climb. 5 Seconds Of Summer's “Youngblood” (Capitol/Universal) is up again 8-4, as is “Jackie Chan” (Positiva/Universal) by Tiesto featuring Dzeko, Preme and Post Malone, 9-5.


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