Ward Thomas Becomes First Homegrown Country Act to Score No. 1 Album on U.K. Charts
Plus: The Chainsmokers' "Closer," feat. Halsey, stays at No. 1 on U.K. singles chart for second week.
British sister duo Ward Thomas have become the first domestic country act to score a No. 1 album in the U.K. Their sophomore album Cartwheels (Sony Music) enters at the top of today's Official Charts Company survey, while "Closer" (Disruptor), by Chainsmokers featuring Halsey, starts a second week at the singles summit.
Cartwheels is the follow-up to Lizzy and Catherine Ward Thomas' independently-released debut album, 2014's From Where We Stand, which reached No. 41. The previous best showing for a country-flavored release by a U.K. act was the No. 10 peak for Brave (Decca), the 2015 debut of the Shires -- whose own follow-up, My Universe, will be released Oct. 7.
The Nation's Favourite Carpenters Songs (Polydor/Universal), the companion to last weekend's new ITV documentary on the duo, debuted at No. 2, while Jamie T's Trick (Virgin/Universal) opened at No. 3, his fourth consecutive top five album in the market.
Last week's new entry at No. 1, Barbra Streisand's Encore — Movie Partners Sing Broadway (Columbia/Sony), fell to No. 4, while British rapper Wretch 32 arrived at No. 5 with Growing Over Life (Polydor/Universal). Florida rockers A Day to Remember made the U.K. album top 40 for the first time at No. 6 with Bad Vibrations (ADTR), while Northern Irish pop-rock act the Divine Comedy came in at No 7 with Foreverland (Divine Comedy).
"Closer" achieved combined units of 92,000, a 12,000-unit increase on their total of the previous week and a substantial 31,000 ahead of "Let Me Love You" (Interscope/ Universal) by DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber, which is now in a fifth week at No. 2.
The former No. 1 single "Cold Water" (Because Music), by Major Lazer featuring Bieber and MØ, held at No. 3, while Calum Scott's "Dancing On My Own" (Instrumental) and "Heathens" (Atlantic/Warner Music) by Twenty One Pilots were also static at Nos. 4 and 5. "In The Name of Love" (Columbia/Sony) by Martin Garrix and Bebe Rexha rose 17-10.