British R&B favorite Craig David returns to the top of the U.K. album chart today, 16 years after his debut album Born To Do It debuted there, with Following My Intuition (Speakerbox Recordings). Meanwhile, James Arthur‘s “Say You Won’t Let Go” (Syco Music/Sony Music) starts a second week atop the singles chart.
David, known for early signature hits such as the No. 1 singles “Fill Me In” and “7 Days,” as well as “Walking Away” and “Rendezvous,” has mounted a successful chart return in recent times. He revisited the singles top ten in February with “When The Bassline Drops,” featuring Big Narstie, and Official Charts Company data reveals that his new album outsells its nearest rival, Bon Iver‘s 22, A Million (Jagjaguwar) by 4,500 units.
British country duo the Shires follow their 2015 achievement, when debut Brave became the first album by a U.K. country act to make the top ten (at No. 10), by arriving at No. 3 with the follow-up My Universe (Decca/Universal). That makes it the fastest-selling album by a U.K. country act of all time, with close to 14,500 first-week sales.
An all-new top four sees Van Morrison‘s 36th studio release, Keep Me Singing (Exile/Caroline/Universal), enter at No. 4, while the appearance of a deluxe edition of Radiohead‘s A Moon Shaped Pool (XL Recordings), sends it racing up 80 places, 85-5. Take Control, the second album by British punk duo Slaves, opens at No. 6, and Pixies‘ Head Carrier (EMI/Universal) at No. 7.
Arthur notches 27,000 combined units, comprised in part of 5.03 million streams, to continue atop the singles chart and stay ahead of The Weeknd‘s “Starboy” (Republic/XO/Universal), featuring Daft Punk, which rises 3-2. “Closer” (Disruptor) by Chainsmokers featuring Halsey dips 2-3 and Calvin Harris holds at No. 4 with “My Way” (Columbia/Sony).
“Side To Side” (Republic/Universal) by Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj improves 6-5. Niall Horan, formerly of One Direction, debuts at No. 9 with “This Town” (Capitol/Universal).