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First U.K. No. 1 Single For The Weeknd, Second Album Triumph For Blossoms

The Weeknd
Duncan Loudon

The Weeknd

The Weeknd earns his first chart-topping U.K. single, as “Blinding Lights” (XO/Republic/Universal) climbs 2-1 on the new Official Charts Company survey.   

“Blinding Lights” makes the grade in its tenth chart week, with 63,000 combined units. That's 8,000 ahead of Roddy Ricch's “The Box” (Atlantic/Warner), which moves back 3-2. The Weeknd's previous best showing was 2016's No. 2 hit “Starboy,” featuring Daft Punk. Last week's No. 1 single, Lewis Capaldi's “Before You Go” (EMI/Universal), falls to No. 3. 

Dua Lipa's “Don't Start Now” (Warner Records) rebounds 6-4, having spent three weeks at No. 2 at the beginning of its chart run in November. Eminem's “Godzilla” (Interscope/Universal), featuring Juice Wrld, is down 4-5.

Meanwhile, Northern English indie-pop five-piece Blossoms win their second No. 1 album with Foolish Loving Spaces (Virgin EMI/Universal).

Blossoms, from Stockport, near Manchester, spent two weeks at No. 1 with their self-titled debut album in August 2016. Their sophomore set Cool Like You fell short, at No. 4, but the new set restores their fortunes and is the top-selling vinyl release of the week. Capaldi's Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent is up again, 4-2.

Eminem's Music To Be Murdered By dips 2-3 as One Direction's Louis Tomlinson arrives at No. 4 with his solo debut Walls (Syco Music/Sony). Last week's No. 1, J Hus' Big Conspiracy (Black Butter) falls to No. 5. Frozen II (Walt Disney/Universal) starts a fifth week atop the compilation chart.