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Arctic Monkeys Land Sixth Straight U.K. No. 1 Album

Arctic Monkeys make it six U.K. No. 1 studio albums out of six.

Arctic Monkeys make it six U.K. No. 1 studio albums out of six with Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino (Domino), which sweeps the board as the week’s biggest seller in physical, digital and streaming formats. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss” (Columbia/Warner Bros) starts its fifth week at the singles summit.

Tranquility Base… delivers opening combined units of 86,000, of which a total of 24,500 on vinyl make it that format’s fastest-selling album of the last 25 years. That distinction previously went to Liam Gallagher’s As You Were, which sold 16,000 on vinyl in its opening week last October.

Arctic Monkeys’ new release outsold the rest of the top 40 on the vinyl albums sales chart combined, according to the Official Charts Company. Three tracks from the album make the singles top 40, with “Four Out of Five” at No. 18, “Star Treatment” at No. 23 and “One Point Perspective” at No. 26. 

The Greatest Showman (Atlantic/Warner) is thus nudged down to No. 2 on the new countdown, and Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys (Republic/Universal) 2-3. Charlie Puth arrives at No. 4 with Voicenotes (Atlantic/Warner) and George Ezra slips 4-5 with Staying At Tamara’s (Columbia/Sony). 

Almost 47 and a half years after the release of his self-titled debut solo album, Ry Cooder appears in the top ten of the U.K. chart for the first time. The widely-acclaimed The Prodigal Son (Fantasy Records/Caroline/Universal) debuts at No. 10, beating his previous best of No. 18 for The Slide Area in 1982.

The entire top five of the singles chart is unchanged from last week, as “One Kiss” holds off Drake’s former No. 1 “Nice For What” (Cash Money/Republic/Universal). Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left To Cry” (Republic/Universal) is at No. 3 again, Lil Dicky’s “Freaky Friday” with Chris Brown (Commission/BMG) at No. 4 and Anne-Marie at No. 5 with “2002” (Asylum/Warner).

Childish Gambino’s much-discussed “This Is America” (MCDJ Recording/RCA/Sony) climbs 14-6 and David Guetta’s “Flames” (Parlophone), featuring Sia, is up 11-9. Shawn Mendes races 21-10 with “In My Blood” (EMI/Universal). Last Saturday’s Eurovision Song Contest winner, Netta’s “Toy” (Tedy) only logs a No. 49 debut, one place ahead of U.K. entry SuRie’s “Storm” (MMP).