Shady’s back, and he’s chasing another No. 1 in the U.K.
Eminem’s Music To Be Murdered By (Interscope) surprised everyone when it arrived last Friday on digital music services. The Detroit hip-hop superstar’s 11th studio album bows at No. 2 on the Official U.K. Chart Update, just 2,000 chart sales behind the leader, The Courteeners’ More. Again. Forever (Ignition).
Eminem isn’t just the Rap God. He’s a chart god in the U.K., where he has blasted ten consecutive albums to No. 1, most recently with 2018’s Kamikaze. It’s a streak no one else can beat.
The Courteeners have never hit the summit, though the Middleton guitar band’s six previous albums all impacted the top 10.
London indie outfit Bombay Bicycle Club make a strong return after six-years on the sidelines. Their fifth studio effort Everything Else Has Gone Wrong (MMM) starts at No. 3 on the midweek chart.
Meanwhile, U.S. pop artist Halsey sees her third LP Manic (Capitol) start at No. 5, homegrown pop singer Louise’s comeback album Heavy Love (Louise) — her first in 20 years — is at No. 7, and Mac Miller’s posthumous album release Circles (Parlophone) starts at No. 9.
Over to the U.K. singles chart race, Stormzy’s “Own It” (Atlantic/Merky) featuring Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy has the edge. It’s No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart Update, but it has a monster close behind it in “Godzilla,” the Eminem release featuring the late Juice WRLD.
The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday, local time.