Paul Weller Scores Sixth Solo U.K. No. 1 With ‘Fat Pop’

Paul Weller
Tom Beard

Paul Weller

The Modfather has clinched another U.K. chart title.

Paul Weller earns a sixth solo No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart with Fat Pop (Polydor), which bows at the top spot with 26,005 chart sales, the OCC reports.
Of that first week sum, physical copies accounted for more than 90%.

With his latest feat, Weller extends his streak of leaders across five decades, starting with his first No. 1 in 1982 with The Jam’s The Gift. Weller now joins the likes of Pink Floyd, Blur, Phil Collins and The Killers with six No. 1s.

Also enjoying a fast start is J. Cole’s The Off-Season (Interscope), new at No. 2. The Off-Season clocks up the most album streams in a single week of 2021, and gives the U.S. rapper his third Top 10 album in the U.K., equaling the peak of his previous album, 2018’s KOD. Three tracks from The Off-Season this week enter the Top 20 on the national singles chart.

Meanwhile, Rag’n’Bone Man’s Life By Misadventure (Columbia) dips 1-3 on the albums survey, while alternative pop hero St Vincent starts at No. 4 with Daddy’s Home (Loma Vista), for her highest-peaking LP in the U.K.

The Top 5 is rounded out by the Black KeysDelta Kream (Nonesuch). It’s new at No. 5, for the blues-rockers’ fourth U.K. Top 10.

Over on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, Tion Wayne & Russ Millions’ “Body” (Atlantic) enters a third week at No. 1. “Body” is showing no signs of slowing. It racks up 71,000 chart sales in the most recent seven-day span, including 10.4 million streams, finishing almost 15,000 chart sales ahead of the No. 2-ranked track, Olivia Rodrigo’s “Good 4 U” (Geffen).

Rodrigo misses out on top spot, but her latest track is the week’s highest charting new release. “Good 4 U” appears on Rodrigo’s new album Sour, which dropped Friday and features the No. 1 hit “Drivers License.”