2019 Year-End Charts

The Script's 'Sunsets & Full Moons' Tops U.K. Album Chart, Tones and I Still Rules Singles Scene

Andrew Whitton
The Script 

Irish chart regulars The Script have a fifth U.K. No. 1 album to their name, as Sunsets & Full Moons (Columbia/Sony) opens at the top.

The Official Charts Company reports that Sunsets & Full Moons has opening combined units of 32,000. The band's self-titled debut set became their first No. 1 in 2008, since which they've made the grade with 2010's Science & Faith, 2014's No Sound Without Silence and 2017's Freedom Child. They only missed the mark when 2012's Number 3 peaked at No. 2.

An all-new top four on the artist album chart has Michael Ball & Alfie Boe in at No. 2 with Back Together (Decca/Universal), which follows consecutive No. 1s with 2016's Together and 2017's Together Again. Snow Patrol start at No. 3 with Reworked (Polydor/Universal), featuring new arrangements from their catalogue to mark their 25 years together.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' Ghosteen (Ghosteen) reappears at No. 4 following its physical release, and tops the vinyl-only chart. It previously debuted at No. 16 in October. Amid a wealth of new entries, Ed Sheeran's No.6 Collaborations Project (Asylum/Warner Music) keeps its top five place, dipping 3-5.

The 12th album by Simply Red, Blue Eyed Soul (BMG), starts at No. 6 and the release of a deluxe edition of Tom Walker's What A Time To Be Alive (Relentless/Sony) sends the former No. 1 back up 67-9. Further down the chart, there's a first U.K. appearance for country royalty Luke Combs, whose What You See Is What You Get (River House/Columbia Nashville) debuts at No. 27.

Meanwhile, it's now seven weeks at the singles summit for Tones & I's “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch).

“Dance Monkey” is now the longest-running U.K. No. 1 by a female lead artist since Leona Lewis also had a seven-week reign in 2007. Tones & I delivered another 83,000 combined units in the chart week to Thursday (14) night, including 9.6 million streams.

Numbers 2, 3 and 4 are unchanged for Dua Lipa's “Don't Start Now” (Warner), Regard's “Ride It” (Ministry of Sound) and Sheeran's “South of The Border,” featuring Camila Cabello and Cardi B, respectively. British rapper J Hus scores a career high as “Must Be” (Black Butter) opens at No. 5.


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