Ariana Grande Scores First No. 1 Album in U.K.
Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman (Republic/Universal) has become her first U.K. No. 1 album, while Drake is unshakeable at the top of the singles chart for a seventh straight week with “One Dance” (Cash Money/ Republic/Universal), featuring Wizkid & Kyla.
Grande's new success follows the No. 3 U.K. peak for My Everything in 2014 and No. 7 for Yours Truly the year before. The Official Charts Company reports that it finished the week just 600 sales ahead of Drake's Views, which led the way last week for the second non-consecutive week and now falls to No. 2.
Richard Ashcroft, once of the Verve, debuted at No. 3 with his fourth studio album These People (Righteous Phonographic). All four have made the U.K. top five; the first, Alone With Everybody, went to No. 1 in 2000.
Beyoncé's Lemonade (Columbia/Sony) fell 2-4, while her labelmate Bob Dylan arrived at No. 5 with Fallen Angels. The new covers set is his 37th to make the U.K. top 10. Fellow long-runner Eric Clapton returned at No. 6 with I Still Do (Polydor/Universal), his 17th top 10 entry as a solo headliner. Amid the album chart's lower new entries, Bruce Foxton, one-time bassist with the Jam, scored his first solo top 40 album with Smash The Clock (Bass Tone) at No. 31.
There were another 92,000 sales for the Drake single in the U.K. last week, and “One Dance” has now become the longest-running No. 1 in the territory since Leona Lewis racked up seven weeks with “Bleeding Love” in 2007. Justin Timberlake's “Can't Stop The Feeling” (RCA/Sony) held at No. 2 on the new chart, with “This Is What You Came For” (Columbia/Sony) by Calvin Harris and Rihanna steady at No. 3 and Sia's "Cheap Thrills” (Monkey Puzzle/RCA/Sony) at No. 4. Swedish electro-pop duo Galantis edged up to a best-yet No. 5 with “No Money” (Atlantic/Warner Music).