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Lil Nas X Rules U.K. Singles Chart With 'Montero'

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Lil Nas X performs onstage during the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles.

Lil Nas X is a fully grown-up chart star in the U.K., where “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” (Lil Nas X) debuts at No. 1

“Montero” is the U.S. rapper’s second leader on the Official Singles Chart, following 2019’s “Old Town Road,” and it’s the second single to debut at No. 1 this year after Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License”.

The buzz behind “Montero’s” controversial music video helped it snag 2.5 million views on YouTube, part of a market-leading 6.8 million streams over the week.

Meanwhile, last week’s best-seller, Nathan Evans’ “Wellerman” (Polydor), dips 2-1, while ATB, Topic & A7S’s “Your Love (9pm)” (Positiva) completes a 10-week climb into the Top 10, up 12-8.

Also reaching the Top 10 for the first time is Tom Grennan “Little Bit Of Love” (Insanity), lifting 13-10. Not far behind is Grennan’s collaboration with Ella Henderson, “Let’s Go Home Together,” up 19-13.

Over on the Official U.K. Albums Chart, the silverware this week belongs to Ben Howard, whose Collections From The Whiteout (Island) opens at No. 1.

It’s the British singer and songwriter’s second No. 1 album, following 2014’s I Forget Where We Were. His other studio collections Every Kingdom (2011) and Noonday Dream (2018) both peaked at No. 4.

One full year after its release, Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia (Warner Records) remains a heavy hitter. It’s at No. 3, for its 33rd week in the Top 10.

U.S. alternative rock outfit Evanescence enjoy their highest chart position in 10 years as The Bitter Truth (RCA) bows at No. 4, matching the peak of their 2011 self-titled collection.

Finally, the one-track, nine-movement instrumental album Promises (Luaka Bop), recorded by Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra, begins its chart journey at No. 6.