Ariana Grande's 'Sweetener' Hits the Sweet Spot Atop UK Albums Chart
Ariana Grande lands her second U.K. No. 1 album, as Sweetener (Republic/Universal) enters at the top. George Ezra's “Shotgun” (Columbia/Sony) starts a fourth non-consecutive week atop the singles chart.
Sweetener had first-week combined units of 45,000, according to the Official Charts Company, to follow 2016's Dangerous Woman to the summit. The Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again soundtrack (Polydor/Universal) drops to No. 2 after a four-week reign, while The Greatest Showman (Atlantic/Warner) dips 2-3. Ezra stays at No. 4 with Staying at Tamara's and Drake's Scorpion (Cash Money/Republic/Universal) is down 3-5.
British rapper Bugzy Malone scores a fourth U.K. top 10 album in a row with B. Inspired (Bsomebody), new at No. 6. Long-running London pop-soul artist Gabrielle is in at No. 7 with Under My Skin (BMG), her first top 10 album since Play to Win in 2004, while Slaves arrive at No. 8 with Acts of Fear and Love (EMI/Universal). Now That's What I Call Music 100 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) leads the compilation chart for a fifth week.
Aretha Franklin's death on Aug. 16 leads to three of her compilations appearing in the top 40, with Soul Queen (Rhino/Warner Music) climbing 67-15, 30 Greatest Hits (Atlantic/Warner) debuting at No. 16 and Respect — The Very Best Of (BMG TV/WSM) re-entering at No. 27. Three of the Queen of Soul's singles re-enter the top 100, the highest being “I Say a Little Prayer” at No. 51. The OCC reports that Franklin's entire catalog accounted for U.K. streams in the past week of 10.1 million.
“Shotgun” amasses 7 million streams to help it continue at the singles peak, some 3,000 combined units ahead of Drake's “In My Feelings,” which stays at No. 2. “Eastside” (Interscope/Universal) by Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid is up again 4-3, and the highest new entry of the week is “Promises” (Columbia/Sony) by Calvin Harris and Sam Smith. Loud Luxury advance 6-5 with “Body” (Armada), featuring Brando.
Grande's album release helps “God Is a Woman” move back up 12-6, while the tracks “Breathin'” and “Sweetener” are new at No. 8 and No. 22 respectively.