Dua Lipa’s record-setting new album Future Nostalgia (Warner Records) is streaking to No. 1 on the U.K. chart.
The British singer’s sophomore studio set is on top across all formats this week at the midweek point to lead the Official U.K. Albums Chart Update. According to the Official Charts Company, Future Nostalgia is outperforming the second-ranked set, Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (EMI), by almost two to one.
Lipa missed out on the top spot to 5 Seconds Of Summer’s CALM (Interscope) last week by a wafer-thin margin. The album did, however, debut at No. 2 with the biggest opening week of sales by a female artist in 2020 so far, and three tracks from it impacted the top 10 of the Official Singles Chart.
Along the way, Future Nostalgia managed to smash a handful of streaming records. It’s earned honors as the most streamed album in a day (or first day) by a British female artist globally on Spotify, and the most-streamed album in a day (or first day) by a British female artist in the U.S. and the U.K., according to the streaming giant. The LP managed more than 21.7 million streams across audio and video plays in its first week, the OCC reports.
Following his death on March 30, soul great Bill Withers impacts midweek chart with two titles. The late American artist’s career retrospective The Ultimate Collection (Sony Music CG) reenters at No. 6 and The Best Of (MMT) is new at No. 34
Meanwhile, new sets from Thundercat (It Is What It Is, at No. 11 via Ninja Tune), All Time Low (Wake Up Sunshine, at No. 12 via Atlantic) and Lovely Eggs (I Am Moron, at No. 16 via EGG) are poised to place inside the top 20.
Over on the U.K. singles chart, Drake is making his move. The Canadian R&B star’s latest “Toosie Slide” (OVO/Republic Records) bows at No. 2 on Official Singles Chart Update, just behind fellow Canadian The Weeknd’s hit “Blinding Lights” (Republic Records). SAINt JHN’s “Roses” (B1/ HitCo /Ministry Of Sound) is in third spot at the halfway point.
The Official U.K. Singles And Albums Charts are published late Friday local time.