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Drake's 'Certified Lover Boy' Beats Lil Nax X's 'Montero' In Tight U.K. Chart Race

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The latest U.K. albums chart battle went down to the wire, as Drake’s Certified Lover Boy (XO/Republic Recordings) got a little more love than Lil Nas X's Montero (Columbia) to reclaim the title.

Drizzy’s latest album rebounds 3-1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart, beating Lil Nas X’s debut LP by a margin of fewer than 500 chart sales, according to the OCC.

By week’s end, Certified Lover Boy was the most-streamed album in the U.K. while Montero was the market-leader on downloads, for its No. 2 debut overall.

Blasting in at No. 5 on the latest chart is Tion Wayne’s debut Green With Envy (Atlantic), bowing just ahead of Bob Dylan’s Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 (Sony Music CG), new at No. 6.

With its sprightly arrival, Springtime becomes Dylan’s 41st Top 10 album, as it racks up the most physical sales of the week.

English prog-rock veterans Genesis bag their first Top 10 album in seven years with the career retrospective The Last Domino (UMC/Virgin), new at No. 9, while Birmingham drill rapper M1llionz completes the top 10 with his debut mixtape Provisional License (Ten Percent).

There’s a notable appearance this week by NCT 127, whose third Korean-language album Sticker (Virgin Music) gives the K-pop boyband their first U.K. Top 40 appearance. It’s new at No. 40.

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran’s “Shivers” (Asylum) enters a second week at No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart. With his latest feat, Sheeran has dominated the chart for 13 weeks, a streak that includes the 11-week unbeaten run for his track “Bad Habits,” which was replaced at the summit by his latest hit.

“Shivers” outpaces Elton John and Dua Lipa’s “Cold Heart” (Pnau Remix) (via EMI), which leaps 4-2 for Elton’s highest-placed single since “Are You Ready For Love,” a remixed gem from the classic Thom Bell sessions, hit No. 1 in 2003.

The Montero effect can be seen on the singles chart as Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow’s “Industry Baby” vaults 9-3, a new high, while album track “That’s What I Want” is this week’s highest new entry at No. 10, and former leader “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” improves 47 spots to No. 16.

Finally, Taylor Swift’s surprise release of her rerecorded “Wildest Dreams” (EMI) is new at No. 25, for her 37th Top 40 appearance. “Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)” out-performs the No. 40 peak of the original version, released in 2015.