The movie cast recording of The Greatest Showman (Atlantic/Warner) claims a 10th week at the top of the U.K. albums chart, thus becoming only the second album to log that many consecutive weeks at No. 1 in the last 30 years. Drake‘s “God’s Plan” (Cash Money/Republic/Universal) tops the singles chart for an eighth week in a row.
Only Adele‘s 21 has had more consecutive weeks at the top in the past 30 years, logging 11 in 2011. The Greatest Showman returns combined weekly units of 46,000 to outdo Ed Sheeran‘s ÷ (Divide), at No. 2, by more than two to one. A Real Labour of Love (UMC/Universal) by UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue slips 2-3 and Britain’s Got Talent star Calum Scott gets the week’s highest new entry with Only Human (Capitol/Universal).
The new Official Charts Company album countdown also has a No. 5 entry for metal veterans Judas Priest’s Firepower (Columbia/Sony). That’s their highest ranking, and first time in the top 10, since British Steel reached No. 4 in 1980. Editors make it six top 10 albums out of six as Violence (Play It Again Sam) arrives at No. 6, and there’s a No. 8 debut for the final album in Sony Music CG’s trilogy of albums of unreleased studio material by Jimi Hendrix, Both Sides of the Sky.
Drake’s singles reign was almost ended by “These Days” (Asylum/Warner Music) by Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen. The latter track becomes surely one of the unluckiest non-No. 1s, spending a sixth straight week as runner-up and missing the top spot by 937 combined units. It also tops the download-only listing.
Portugal. The Man‘s “Feel It Still” (Atlantic/Warner Music) is up again 4-3 as Dua Lipa’s “IDGAF” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) dips 3-5. “The Middle” (Interscope/Universal) by Zedd featuring Maren Morris and Grey is up 16-8.