AC/DC Rock the U.K. Albums Chart With ‘Power Up’

Josh Cheuse

From left, Cliff Williams, Phil Rudd, Angus Young, Brian Johnson and Stevie Young of AC/DC.

AC/DC blow away the competition in the U.K. with Power Up (Columbia), which blasts to No. 1 on the national albums chart.

The Australian rockers snag their fourth career No. 1, and they so with the year’s biggest one-week tally, some 62,000 combined sales, the Official Charts Company reports.

Power Up is the biggest album release anywhere right now, securing chart-topping debuts in the U.S., Australia and elsewhere.

Staying in the U.K., the Rock And Roll Hall of Famers unseat another legendary Australian act from the summit, Kylie Minogue, whose Disco (BMG) dips 1-5.

Power Up leads an all-new top four, as McFly’s first studio album in ten years, Young Dumb Thrills (BMG), bows at No. 2; Andrea Bocelli’s Believe (Decca) flies in at No. 3, for the classical great’s 12th Top 10; and Paloma Faith’s Infinite Things (RCA) starts at No. 4, her fifth consecutive Top 10 LP.

Also, Andre Rieu & The Johann Strauss Orchestra are new at No. 6 with festive set Jolly Holiday (Decca); pop artist Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Songs From The Kitchen Disco (Cooking Vinyl) launches at No. 8; and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s new arrangement of Johnny Cash songs, Johnny Cash & The RPO (Legacy Recordings), arrives at No. 10.

Over on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, Ariana Grande’s “Positions” (Republic Records) wins a tight race to claim No. 1 for a fourth week.

The title track to Grande’s new album netted 44,600 chart sales, including 5.6 million streams, the OCC reports, to finish the week just 960 chart sales ahead of Billie Eilish’s new single “Therefore I Am” (Interscope), new at No. 2. “Therefore I Am” is Eilish’s fourth Top 5 hit.

The next highest new entry is the all-star BBC Children In Need fundraising single, a cover of Oasis’ “Stop Crying Your Heart Out” (Decca). It opens at No. 7, having led early in the chart cycle.

The Christmas bells are ringing on the Official Singles Chart Top 100, with no less than 10 holiday-themed songs making an early impact.

Among them is Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Columbia), which enters the Top 40 for the first time in 2020, soaring 60-31.