Take That's Odyssey (Polydor/Universal) becomes the U.K.'s fastest-selling artist album of 2018 to date, debuting at No. 1 with 106,000 combined units. Ariana Grande's “thank u, next” (Republic/ Universal) tops the singles chart for a fourth week.
The Official Charts Company reports that 94 percent of Take That's opening sales were physical, including 891 on cassette. It's the eighth U.K. No. 1 album by the pop long-runners. The overall fastest-selling album of the year so far is Now That's What I Call Music 100 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal), with 176,000 combined units. Its successor, the 101st regular edition of the venerable series, enters the compilation chart at No. 1.
Last week's new entry at No. 1 on the artist chart, Michael Bublé's Love (Reprise/Warner Music), is down to No. 2, as The Greatest Showman soundtrack (Atlantic/Warner) moves back 4-3. Cliff Richard lands his 45th U.K. top ten album as Rise Up (Rhino/Warner) starts at No. 4. His first such success came in April 1959 with Cliff.