'Greatest Showman' & Drake Hold Sway on U.K. Charts, As Dua Lipa & Others Get Brits Bump
The soundtrack to The Greatest Showman (Atlantic/Warner) moves into a seventh week atop the U.K. album chart, as Drake's “God's Plan” (Cash Money/Republic/Universal) makes it five weeks at the singles summit. Artists reaping the early benefit of victories and/or performances at Wednesday night's (Feb. 21) Brit Awards include Dua Lipa, Stormzy and Rag 'n' Bone Man.
The Greatest Showman stays ahead of Ed Sheeran's ÷ (Divide) (Asylum/Warner Music), which is at No. 2 again. Dua Lipa's self-titled Warner Bros. debut rebounds 11-3 after she won best British female and British breakthrough artist at the awards. That's a new peak for the album, which reached No. 5 upon its initial release last June.
Rag 'n' Bone Man celebrates his best British single victory (for “Human”) by climbing 8-4 with the Best Laid Plans/Columbia/Sony album of the same name. Camila Cabello's Camila (Epic/Syco Music/Sony) is back up 14-5, while blues-rock outfit the Temperance Sevenopen at a career-best No. 6 with A Deeper Cut (Earache).
Stormzy follows his Best British Male and Album of the Year BRITs with a 41-10 spike for his former No. 1 set Gang Signs & Prayer (Merky). That's a week-on-week combined sales surge of 89%, according to the Official Charts Company, and the album is newly-certified platinum by the BPI, for 300,000 combined units.
The Drake single records its best streaming week to date, with 7.6 million plays. That keeps “These Days” (Asylum/Warner Music) by Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen at No. 2 for a third week. Dua Lipa's “IDGAF” improves 4-3, while Portugal. The Man's “Feel It Still” (Atlantic/Warner Music) is also up again, 6-4, and Kendrick Lamar's “All The Stars” (Interscope/Universal), featuring SZA, is up 11-5, a new peak for Lamar as a solo singles artist in the U.K.