BTS Scores First-Ever No. 1 U.K. Album by Korean Act

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BTS becomes the first Korean act to score a U.K. No. 1 album, as Map of the Soul (Bighit Entertainment/Universal) debuts at the top. Lil Nas X mirrors his Hot 100 success by moving to the singles chart summit with “Old Town Road” (Lil Nas X/Sony).

BTS lands the album prize with combined units of 26,000, according to the Official Charts Company, which adds that 68% of that total is from physical sales. The group's Love Yourself: Speak Yourself world tour hits the U.K. on June 1 for the first of two shows at London's Wembley Stadium.

Billie Eilish dips to No. 2 after two weeks on top with When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Interscope/Universal). Its single “Bad Guy” holds at No. 3. The Greatest Showman soundtrack (Atlantic/Warner Music) is also steady in third place on the album listing, which has a new entry for the Chemical Brothers at No. 4 with No Geography (Virgin/Universal). Tom Walker's former No. 1 What A Time To Be Alive (Relentless/Sony) is down 4-5.

British rock 'n' roll favourite Marty Wilde, who turned 80 this week, makes a remarkable No. 7 debut with Dreamboats and Petticoats Presents The Very Best of Marty Wilde (UMOD/Universal). It's his first-ever U.K. top 10 album, 60 years and nine months after his first top 10 single with “Endless Sleep.” His last top 40 single was “Ever Since You Said Goodbye” in 1962.

There's a No. 9 debut for Irish post-punks Fontaines D.C. with their first album, Dogrel (Partisan), and Spice Girl Emma Bunton just misses the top 10 with a No. 11 start for My Happy Place (BMG), her first album for 13 years. The compilation chart has a new entry at No. 1 for Now That's What I Call Music 102 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal). Opening combined units of 80,000 make it the U.K.'s fastest-selling album of 2019 to date.

Lil Nas also returns 80,000 combined units to move 2-1 on the singles chart, helped by 9.9 million streams and the much-publicized remix of “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. Lewis Capaldi's seven-week reign with “Someone You Loved” (EMI/Universal) thus comes to an end as he slips to No. 2.

With Eilish holding at No. 3, “Piece of Your Heart” (Polydor/Universal) by Meduza featuring Goodboyz is up again 5-4 and Tom Walker's “Just You and I” is up 6-5. “Keisha & Becky” (Virgin/Universal) by Russ & Tion Wayne races 30-7 and Marshmello gets a fifth top 10 hit with “Here With Me” (Joytime/Positiva/Universal), featuring Chvrches, up 11-10. The highest new entry of the week is Avicci's first posthumous single “S.O.S.” (Virgin/Universal), featuring Aloe Blacc, which arrives at No. 12.

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