The King Reigns Again as Elvis Presley Takes U.K. Album Honors
Elvis Presley has moved ahead of Madonna to claim the record for the most UK No. 1 albums by a solo artist. The Wonder Of You (Legacy/RCA/Sony), with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, debuts atop the Official Charts Company survey, his 13th bestseller, an achievement which puts him second only to The Beatles, who have 15. Little Mix move into a second week at the singles summit with “Shout Out To My Ex” (Syco Music/Sony).
The Wonder Of You sold 63,000 units last week to hit the top, replacing Kings of Leon's WALLS (RCA/Sony), which falls to No. 5. Presley has also created a new record for the longest span between No. 1 albums in the UK, having first topped the survey with his self-titled RCA debut in 1956.
An all-new top four on the album chart shows Michael Bublé new at No. 2 with Nobody But Me (Reprise/Warner), while his Christmas album re-enters at No. 16. Lady Gaga lands at No. 3 with Joanne (Interscope/Universal) and Leonard Cohen makes the top ten of the countdown for the fifth time, across a span of 47 years, with You Want It Dark (Columbia/Sony), at No. 4.
Fellow 1960s chart veterans Status Quo enter at No. 7 with Aquostic II – That's A Fact (UMOD), the sequel to their Aquostic album of 2014, which was certified gold for 100,000 UK sales. The new deluxe edition of Sia's This Is Acting (Monkey Puzzle/RCA/Sony) sends it racing 43-8 in its 39th chart week.
Korn make the top ten of the UK album tally for the first time since 2002's Untouchables, as The Serenity Of Suffering (Roadrunner) opens at No. 9. The cast recording of David Bowie's Lazarus musical (Columbia/Sony) arrives at No. 10.
The Little Mix single, which registered 95,000 combined units in only four days of sales to enter at No. 1 last week, continues its reign with a new weekly total of 112,000, including 61,000 downloads. In the latest example of how slow-moving the singles chart has become, the rest of the top five are unmoved: James Arthur's “Say You Won't Let Go” (Syco Music/Sony Music) at No. 2, “Closer” (Disruptor) by Chainsmokers featuring Halsey at No. 3, The Weeknd's “Starboy” (Republic/XO/Universal), featuring Daft Punk, at No. 4 and Hailee Steinfeld's “Starving” (Republic/Universal), featuring Grey and Zedd, at No. 5.
Norwegian DJ/producer Neiked jumps 12-6 with “Sexual” (Neiked Collective), featuring vocalist Dyo, while Clean Banditrack up a sixth top ten hit as “Rockabye” (Atlantic/Warner), featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie, comes in at No. 7.