2019 American Music Awards

Jeff Lynne's ELO Come 'From Out Of Nowhere' to Top U.K. Album Chart

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Jeff Lynne's ELO perform a live concert at Oslo Spektrum in Oslo on Sept. 14, 2018. 

Jeff Lynne's ELO debut at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart with From Out Of Nowhere (RCA/Sony).

From Out Of Nowhere is the first chart-topping studio set from the recording act masterminded by Lynne (formerly billed as the Electric Light Orchestra and then ELO) since Time in 1981. They previously hit No. 1 with Discovery in 1979 and subsequently with the All Over The World – The Very Best Of compilation, as new audiences were being drawn to their music in 2016.

Nevertheless, the bestselling album of the week, the 2019 Children In Need all-star fundraising set Got It Covered (Silva Screen), lands at No. 1 in the compilation chart. After announcing on Monday (4) that it was on course to top the artists' chart, the OCC controversially and belatedly placed it in the compilations list, having deemed it to be a “various artists” set.

The album promotes the BBC's annual showpiece fundraiser, which takes place on 15 November, and includes covers of well-known songs by such actors as Helena Bonham Carter, David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker. OCC chart rules dictate that compilations in the higher-profile artist album chart must be by a single artist or orchestra, or soundtracks in which all recordings are performed by the cast, such as The Greatest Showman. The OCC has apologised for not correctly classifying Got It Covered earlier.

Meanwhile on that artist chart, Michael Kiwanuka starts at No. 2 with his third studio album KIWANUKA (Polydor/Universal). Ed Sheeran's No.6 Collaborations Project (Asylum/Warner Music) rebounds yet again, 6-3, as does Lewis Capaldi, 7-4, with Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (EMI/Universal). London hip-hop duo Krept & Konan are in at No. 5 with Revenge Is Sweet (Virgin/Universal), their fourth top ten album since 2015.

Sony Music CG's long-running series of official Bob Dylan bootlegs gives him another U.K. top ten album — more than 54 and a half years after his first with The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan — as Travelin' Thru: The Bootleg Series 15 opens at No. 6. Aled Jones & Russell Watson's Back In Harmony compilation (BMG) is new at No. 7.

Meanwhile, Tones & I's “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch) moves into a sixth week atop the Official Charts Company's new singles chart.

On the singles chart, “Dance Monkey” has weekly combined units of 84,000, including 9.33 million streams and 11,000 downloads, to stay at the summit. Dua Lipa's “Don't Start Now” (Warner) opens at No. 2, as Regard's “Ride It” (Ministry of Sound) falls 2-3. Sheeran's “South of The Border,” featuring Camila Cabello and Cardi B, moves back 5-4, changing places with Post Malone's “Circles” (Republic/Universal).


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