Shania Twain Narrowly Beats Wolf Alice For No. 1 U.K. Comeback
After going toe-to-toe with British rock quartet Wolf Alice all week, Shania Twain emerges victorious and debuts at No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums chart with her first studio release in 15 years, Now (EMI/Universal). Post Malone and 21 Savage's “rockstar” (Republic/Universal) -- which narrowly missed out on chart glory seven days ago -- now completes its climb to the singles summit.
Twain's comeback release took the album crown by just 764 combined sales from Wolf Alice's Visions Of A Life (Dirty Hit/RCA/Sony). It's only the Canadian pop-country star's second British chart-topper, after Come On Over spent 11 weeks there in late 1999 and early 2000. The Official Charts Company says that album now has “pure” sales in the U.K. of 3.4 million copies. Her 2002 release Up! debuted and peaked there at No. 4.
It's the second time running that Wolf Alice have been pipped to the post. Their 2015 debut My Love Is Cool also entered at No. 2, in the week that Florence + the Machine went back to No. 1 with How Big How Bad How Beautiful. Meanwhile, David Gilmour scores his fourth top ten album as a solo artist with Live At Pompeii (Columbia/Sony), which starts at No. 3.
Ed Sheeran's ÷ (Asylum/Warner) is down 3-4 as Demi Lovato's Tell Me You Love Me (Hollywood/Universal) arrives at No. 5, her best U.K. album chart showing, beating the No. 6 debut of 2015's Confident. Miley Cyrus opens at No. 8 with Younger Now (RCA/Sony), compared to the No. 1 start of its predecessor, 2013's Bangerz. The Michael Jackson release Scream (Sony Music CG) is new at No. 9 and longtime rockers Feeder arrive at No. 10 with their Best Of (BMG).
There are some notable arrivals just outside the top ten, with Chris Rea's Road Songs For Lovers (BMG) new at No. 11 and ABBA mainstay Benny Andersson's solo album Piano (Decca/Universal) at No. 12. Tom Petty's sad death on Monday (2) prompts a re-entry at No. 14 for his Greatest Hits collection (Geffen/Universal) with the Heartbreakers.
Post Malone's “rockstar” logged 5.7 million streams in the chart week, moving ahead of the singles champion of the last three weeks, Sam Smith's “Too Good At Goodbyes” (Capitol/Universal). That falls to No. 2 as “Havana” (Epic/Syco/Sony) by Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug improves 4-3.
Dua Lipa's “New Rules” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) dips 3-4 and Avicii and Rita Ora's “Lonely Together” (Positiva) moves 8-5. “1800-273-8255” (Virgin/Universal) by Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid is up 12-9 and “Bestie” (RCA/Sony) by Yungen and Yxng Bane 13-10.