Singer-Songwriter Sam Fender Adds U.K. No. 1 Album Debut to 2019 BRIT Award

Jack Whitefield
Sam Fender

Sam Fender, the north of England singer-songwriter who won the BRIT Awards Critics' Choice Award for 2019, debuts at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart with his debut release Hypersonic Missiles (Polydor/Universal). 

Fender's album has first-week combined units of 41,000, according to the Official Charts Company. Of that, over 8,000 were on vinyl, so Hypersonic Missiles becomes the fastest-selling vinyl album of the year to date. He follows Tom Walker, Mercury Prize winner Dave, Billie Eilish and Lewis Capaldi among debut albums to top the U.K. chart this year. 

Last week's No. 1, Post Malone's Hollywood's Bleeding (Republic/Universal), falls one place, as Sheeran's No. 6 Collaborations Project dips 2-3. Capaldi's Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (EMI/Universal) rebounds 5-4, changing places with Taylor Swift's Lover, also on EMI. 

There are four more top debutants on the new album chart. Emeli Sandé's Real Life, yet another EMI release, is new at No. 6, while the Pixies start at No. 7 with Beneath The Eyrie (Infectious Music). The Lumineers' III (Decca/Universal) enters at No. 8 and Korn at No. 9 with The Nothing (Roadrunner), their highest ranking since Untouchables in 2002. 

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran's “Take Me Back To London” (Asylum/Warner Music), featuring Stormzy, tops the singles chart for a fourth week.

“Take Me Back To London” came from behind in the race for the singles No. 1, having trailed “Don't Call Me Angel” (Charlie's Angels)” by Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey earlier in the week. Sheeran and Stormzy's collaboration ended with 59,000 combined units, including 8.2 million streams, to finish ahead of the song from the upcoming Charlie's Angels movie. 

Aitch's “Taste (Make It Shake)” (Since 93) is down 2-3 on the singles countdown, with Kygo's “Higher Love” (Kygo/Columbia/Sony), featuring Whitney Houston, falling 3-4 and AJ Tracey's “Ladbroke Grove” (AJ Tracey) 4-5.

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