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Liam Gallagher's Sophomore Album 'Why Me? Why Not' Hits No. 1 in the U.K.

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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.

There's also a No. 6 start for Blink 182's Nine (Columbia/Sony), while rapper Dave's Mercury Prize win on 19 September helps it rebound 37-12, with a 98% sales upswing.

Sheeran's collaboration with Stormzy, amasses another 53,000 combined units, a comfortable 14,000 ahead of Aitch's “Taste (Make It Shake)” (Since 93), which bounces back 3-2. Kygo's “Higher Love” (Kygo/Columbia/Sony), featuring Whitney Houston, and AJ Tracey's “Ladbroke Grove” (AJ Tracey) also move back up one place each, at Nos. 3 and 4 respectively. “Ride It” (Ministry of Sound) by Regard is up 11-5, with Tones & I's “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch) climbing 14-7, as the Australian continues at No. 1 at home.