Liam Gallagher makes a winning start in the U.K. with his sophomore solo album Why Me? Why Not (Warner Records), opening at No. 1 -- just as he did with its 2017 predecessor As You Were. It's now five weeks atop the singles chart for Ed Sheeran's “Take Me Back To London” (Asylum/Warner Music), featuring Stormzy.
Gallagher, who also has eight No. 1 albums in his home country as a member of Oasis, notched 68,000 combined units with the new release. That compares with 103,000 for As You Were in October 2017. Why Me? Why Not achieved 17,000 of its total on vinyl, which makes it the fastest-selling vinyl release of the year, according to the Official Charts Company.
Keane enter at No. 2 with their new album Cause and Effect (Universal Island). It's their first studio album for six years; all of their previous five entered at No. 1. Post Malone's Hollywood's Bleeding (Republic/Universal) is down 2-3, as is Sheeran's No. 6 Collaborations Project, 3-4. Last week's new entry at No. 1, Sam Fender's Hypersonic Missiles (Polydor/Universal), falls to No. 5.