Elbow Bend Ears On U.K. Album Chart as Sheeran's Singles Supremacy Continues
British rock favorites Elbow score their second consecutive U.K. No. 1 album, as Little Fictions (Polydor/Universal) goes straight to the top. Ed Sheeran's “Shape Of You” and “Castle On The Hill” (Asylum/Warner Music) start week number five as the top two of the singles chart.
In their 20-year career, Elbow graduated to the top table with their sixth studio release, 2014's The Take Off and Landing of Everything, which was certified gold two weeks later. The new set precedes an extensive tour of the U.K. and Ireland, which begins on 26 February in Dublin, and it ends the one-week reign of the La La Land soundtrack (Interscope/Polydor), which falls to No. 2.
Little Mix stand firm at No. 3 again on the Official Charts Company listings with Glory Days (Syco Music/Sony), while Pete Tong's Classic House (Polydor/UMC/OMOD,) with the Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley, falls 2-4. Ed Sheeran's X holds at No. 5.
There's a new entry at No. 6 for Heavy Fire (Nuclear Blast) by Black Star Riders, the rock outfit who include members of the most recent line-up of Thin Lizzy. British singer, writer and producer Sampha's debut album Process (Young Turks Recordings) opens at No. 7 and English rockers Lower Than Atlantic arrive at No. 8 with Safe In Sound (Easy Life).
Lady Gaga's Super Bowl performance fuels an 88-11 gear change for her Joanne album (Interscope/Polydor), while her first album The Fame reappears at No. 38. Detroit rapper Big Sean makes a No. 12 debut with I Decided. (EMI/Universal).
Sheeran's singles break new ground by giving him the longest-ever run in the top two of the U.K. chart. Late in 2015, Justin Bieber had four weeks at Nos. 1 and 2 with “Sorry” and “Love Yourself,” both of which had spells in the top spot. “Shape Of You” had 41,000 downloads and 8.14 million streams last week.
“You Don't Know Me” (Polydor/Universal) by Jax Jones & Raye is steady at No. 3 on the new chart, and Little Mix's “Touch” at No. 4. “Human” by Rag 'n' Bone Man (Best Laid Plans/Columbia/Universal) bounces back 7-5.
English grime artist Stormzy makes a No. 8 start with “Big For Your Boots” (Merky), while Zayn and Taylor Swift improve 13-9 with “I Don't Want To Live Forever” (Republic), and English singer, writer and model Dua Lipa's “Be The One” (Warner Bros.) is up 11-10. She also features on Martin Garrix's “Scared To Be Lonely” (Columbia/Sony), which rises 23-14.