Harry Styles Lands U.K. No. 1 Album, Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Top Singles Chart Again
Harry Styles' self-titled solo debut album for Columbia/Sony debuts on the U.K. chart at No. 1, while the Official Charts Company's new singles countdown shows a second week at the top for Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's “Despacito” (Interscope/Universal), featuring Justin Bieber.
The One Direction man's first album in his own name sold nearly 57,000 combined units last week to claim the top spot. The release helps the record's former U.K. No. 1 single “Sign of the Times” rebound 10-6; all but one of the album's 10 tracks are inside the top 100 of the singles list, although no others are in the top 40. Three-thousand of the album's sales were on vinyl, the best-selling title of the week in that format.
Ed Sheeran's ÷ (Asylum/ Warner) holds at No. 2 on the album chart and Rag 'n' Bone Man's Human (Best Laid Plans/Columbia/Sony Music) at No. 3. The second highest entry of the week, at No. 4, is Paramore's After Laughter (Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic/Warner), followed by Paul Weller's A Kind Revolution (Parlophone/Warner) at No. 5.
British rapper J Hus starts at No. 6 with his Common Sense debut (Black Butter), but there's a steep decline to No. 7 for last week's new entry at the summit, Kasabian's For Crying Out Loud (Columbia/Sony).
Irish singer-songwriter Imelda May, who gave an impressive performance at the famed London Palladium on Thursday night during her current U.K. tour, jumped back 15-10 with Life Love Flesh Blood (Decca/Universal) after her appearance on BBC TV's The Graham Norton Show. Now That's What I Call Music 96 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) is No. 1 on the compilation chart for a sixth week.
“Despacito” had 42,000 downloads last week and 7.9 million streams, holding at No. 1 as Bieber secures appearances on the top two singles for a second week. The former best-seller DJ Khaled's “I'm the One” (Black Butter/We the Best), on which he features with Quavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil Wayne, holds at No. 2.
“Symphony” (Atlantic/Warner Music), by Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson, holds at No. 3, while Shawn Mendes' “There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back” (EMI/Universal) reaches a new peak with a 5-4 climb. Sheeran's “Shape of You” dips 4-5. J Hus augments his album debut with a first appearance in the singles top ten for “Did You See,” up 12-9 in its 11th chart week.