Blur's 'The Magic Whip' Cracks U.K. No. 1

Linda Brownlee
Blur Photographed in 2015.

Blur’s eighth studio album The Magic Whip (Parlophone/Warner Music) has become their sixth to reach No. 1 in the U.K.  Meanwhile, Jamaican pop-reggae artist OMI has climbed 2-1 on the singles chart with the Felix Jaehn remix of “Cheerleader” (Ultra). 

Blur first topped the U.K. album chart in 1994 with their third album Parklife, and have repeated the feat with every studio release since: 1995’s The Great Escape, Blur in 1997, 13 in 1999 and Think Tank in 2003. Their new set hit the top as Taylor Swift’s 1989 (EMI/Universal) rebounded 10-2, and James Bay’s Chaos and the Calm (Republic/Virgin/Universal) improved 5-3.

Last week’s new entry at No. 1, Josh Groban’s Stages (Reprise/Warner Music), dipped to No. 4, and the bestseller of the week before, Paul Simon’s The Ultimate Collection (Sony Music) fell 2-6. In between, another former No. 1, Meghan Trainor’s Title (Epic/Sony), climbed 7-5. Yet another ex-chart-topper, Imagine Dragons Smoke & Mirrors (Interscope/Universal), was on the rise again, 20-10. The compilation chart No. 1 for the fifth week in a row is Now That’s What I Call Music 90 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) .

OMI’s single has taken a leisurely route to the top, first appearing in the top 100 in January and in the top 40 in April. The Official Charts Company reports that its combined sales total for last week was just under 113,000. That took it ahead of the U.K.’s bestselling single for the last two weeks, Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” (Atlantic), featuring Charlie Puth, which fell to No. 2.

Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” (Interscope/Universal) had led in midweek sales, but entered the official tally at No. 3. “Lean On” (Because Music) by Major Lazer featuring Mo and DJ Snake reached a new peak with a 6-4 climb.

“Trouble” (EMI/Universal) by Iggy Azalea featuring Jennifer Hudson improved 13-7, and “Cool” (Virgin/Universal) by Alesso featuring Roy English opened its account at No. 10.


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