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Muse Lands Their Sixth U.K. No. 1 Album With 'Simulation Theory'

Jeff Forney


British progressive rock favorites Muse outdo pop mainstay Olly Murs to land their sixth U.K. No. 1 with Simulation Theory (Helium 3/Warner Bros./Warner Music).

Muse first topped the album survey with their 2003 album Absolution, which now has combined units of 948,000, according to the Official Charts Company. The group's bestselling U.K. album is 2006's Black Holes & Revelations, which now stands at 1.2 million combined units. 

Simulation Theory did battle all week with Murs' new release You Know I Know (RCA/Sony), which ends the sales frame at No. 2, ending his run of four consecutive No. 1 albums. The Greatest Showman soundtrack (Atlantic/Warner) rebounds again, 5-3.

The Beatles (Apple Corps/Universal), the 1968 set widely known as “The White Album,” marks its 50th anniversary, multi-format reissue with a No. 4 debut. The set spent eight weeks at the summit on first release. Queen's The Platinum Collection (Virgin/Universal) climbs 7-5.

Also new in the album top ten are Aled Jones and Russell Watson's In Harmony collaboration (BMG) at No. 8, and the fourth album (and fourth U.K. top ten entry) by Imagine Dragons, Origins (Interscope/Universal) at No. 9.

Meanwhile, Ariana Grande's “Thank U, Next” (Republic/ Universal) starts a second week atop the singles chart. Grande's single has 95,000 combined units, compared to 73,000 in its first (six-day) week. It also delivers the highest weekly streaming total of any track in the U.K., with 9.76 million plays. The last song to outdo that was Luis Fonsi's Despacito with 10.6 million in May 2017.

“Thank U, Next” also outsells Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's “Shallow” (Interscope/Universal), at No. 2 for a second week, by more than two to one. Little Mix's “Woman Like Me” (Interscope/Cash Money/Universal), featuring Nicki Minaj, holds at No. 3, as Rita Ora's “Let You Love Me” (Atlantic/Warner Music) climbs again 5-4. Dave's former No. 1 “Funky Friday” (Dave Neighbourhood), featuring Fredo, moves back 6-5.

Halsey's “Without Me” (Capitol) is up 9-6, while Post Malone's “Sunflower” (Republic/ Universal), featuring Swae Lee, climbs 10-8. Freya Ridings returns to the top ten again with “Lost Without You” (Good Soldier), up 12-9.