The motion picture cast recording of A Star Is Born (Interscope/Universal) makes a winning start on the U.K. album chart, debuting at No. 1, as south London rapper Dave does the same on the singles list with “Funky Friday” (Dave Neighbourhood), featuring Fredo.
The movie soundtrack represents a new U.K. triumph for the film’s leading lady Lady Gaga, who features throughout the soundtrack, as well as her leading man Bradley Cooper. Gaga last topped the British album bestsellers in 2013, with Artpop. The No. 1 debut of A Star Is Born holds U.S. duo Twenty One Pilots to a No. 2 entry, some 2,000 combined units behind, with their third album Trench (Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic/Warner Music). That’s a career best in the territory, beating the No. 5 peak of 2015’s Blurryface.
Rod Stewart‘s Blood Red Roses (Decca/Universal), which entered at No. 1 last week, dips to No. 3, while The Greatest Showman (Atlantic/Warner) recedes 3-4 and Eminem‘s Kamikaze (Interscope/Universal) 4-5. You Me at Six have a top 10 success on the Official Charts Company‘s countdown for a fifth time, starting at No. 6 with VI (Underdog).
Modern rock long-runners Echo and the Bunnymen come close to a new top 10 entry with The Stars The Ocean & The Moon (BMG), which arrives at No. 11. Lil Baby & Gunna‘s Drip Harder (Capitol/Universal) is in at No. 12 and K.T. Tunstall‘s Wax (Virgin/Universal) at No. 15. The deluxe repackage of John Lennon‘s Imagine (Apple Corps/Universal) takes it back into the chart at No. 19. Now That’s What I Call Music 100 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) tops the compilation chart for a 12th aggregate week.
Dave’s single records 6.7 million audio and video streams across the week to claim the singles crown, ending the five-week reign of “Promises” (Columbia/Sony) by Calvin Harris and Sam Smith in the process. “Happier” by Marshmello & Bastille (Positiva/Universal) falls 2-3 and Kanye West and Lil Pump‘s “I Love It” (Def Jam/Universal) 3-4, while Rita Ora‘s “Let You Love Me” (Atlantic/Warner) climbs again, 6-5.
“Shallow,” from the A Star Is Born soundtrack, climbs 13-6, while two other tracks from the score album hit the singles top 40, Gaga and Cooper’s “I’ll Never Love Again” at No. 35 and Gaga’s solo “Always Remember Us This Way” at No. 39.