Ariana Grande Scores Third No. 1 Album on U.K. Charts With 'Thank U, Next'
It's a banner chart week in the U.K. for Ariana Grande, who debuts at No. 1 with both the Thank U, Next album and its latest single “Break Up With Your Girlfriend I'm Bored” (Republic/Universal).
The album is Grande's third to top the U.K. chart, and records her best opening week with 65,000 combined units. Its 12 tracks received 59 million streams according to the Official Charts Company. Thank U, Next creates new records for most album streams ever by a female artist, and third overall, behind Ed Sheeran's ÷ (Divide) and Drake's Scorpion.
The Greatest Showman (Atlantic/Warner) is back up 3-2 as west London rapper A.J. Tracey's self-titled and self-released debut album starts at No. 3. Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody (Virgin/Universal) rebounds again, 6-4, while last week's new entry at No. 1, the Specials' Encore (UMC/Universal), falls to No. 5.
British country-pop duo Ward Thomas are new at No. 8 with Restless Minds (Sony Music CG), which is No. 1 on the OCC's country chart. Queen's Platinum Collection (Virgin/Universal) gives them a second top ten title with an 11-9 climb, and Jess Glynne's former No. 1 Always In Between (Atlantic/Warner) is back up 13-10. Now That's What I Call Music 101 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal), which fell to No. 2 on the compilation chart last week after 11 weeks at the summit, resumes its reign.
Grande's single starts at the top with 85,000 combined units, pushing her own “7 Rings” down to No. 2 after three weeks in pole position -- another U.K. chart first. “Break Up...” is her fifth U.K. No. 1 single; the OCC also reports that by scoring three bestselling singles in four months, she becomes only the fourth artist to do that in under 100 days, after Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Justin Bieber.
She also debuts at No. 8 with the album's "Needy." The last female artist to have three concurrent singles as lead artist was Ruby Murray in 1955.
The new singles chart also contains a 9-3 move for Lewis Capaldi with “Someone You Loved” (EMI/Universal). Sam Smith's “Dancing With A Stranger” (Capitol/Universal), featuring Normani, is down 3-4 and Mabel's “Don't Call Me Up” (Polydor/Universal) holds at No. 5.