Elvis Presley has broken the record for the most U.K. No. 1 albums by a male solo artist by today (Nov. 6), scoring his 12th chart-topper with If I Can Dream (Sony CG), featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Adele's "Hello" (XL Recordings) started a second week atop the singles chart.
The Presley album had 79,000 chart sales, placing it second only in an opening week for a 2015 artist release to Noel Gallagher & the High Flying Birds' Chasing Yesterday (Sour Mash). The new success extends his span of No. 1 titles to 59 years to the week, since Rock 'n' Roll topped the survey in November 1956.
“This is an album that Elvis always really wanted to do," said his former wife Priscilla, "and he would have been so pleased to know his fans are still there and they continue to love his music. The most talented team put this album together and helped us all realize an unfulfilled dream.” Presley is now level with Madonna for the most No. 1 albums in the territory, behind the Beatles on 15.
The new album data from the Official Charts Company gave Rod Stewart a No. 2 entry with Another Country (Capitol/Decca/Universal), his 34th top ten album, while Elbow frontman Guy Garvey's first solo set Courting The Squall (Fiction/Universal) entered at No. 3.
Ed Sheeran's x (Asylum/Warner Music) moved back 7-4, and another former No. 1, Jess Glynne's I Cry When I Laugh (Atlantic/Warner), improved 6-5. British singer-songwriter James Morrison returned to the top 10 with Higher Than Here (Universal Island) at No. 7, while former Britain's Got Talent finalists Jack Pack started at No. 8 with an eponymous album for Syco Music/Sony.
Always — The Very Best of Erasure (BMG) gave the long-running pop duo of Andy Bell and Vince Clarke an eighth top 10 success, arriving at No. 9. On the compilation chart, BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge 2015 (Sony Music CG/UMTV/WMTV) started at No. 1.
After her record-breaking opening week of 7.32 million streams, Adele added a further 5.78 million this week and downloads of 121,000, for a combined chart sales tally of 179,000. "Hello" is already certified gold by trade body the BPI.
Justin Bieber's "Sorry" (Def Jam/Universal) held at No. 2 on the new singles chart, with Sam Smith's former No. 1 "Writing's On The Wall" (Capitol/Universal) at No. 3. Arriving in the top 10 were "Never Forget You" (Virgin/Universal) by Mnek and Zara Larsson, with an 11-7 climb, and "Focus" (Republic/Universal) by Ariana Grande, with a No. 10 debut.