British pop singer-writer Jess Glynne scores her second U.K. No. 1 album in a row as Always In Between (Atlantic/Warner Music) arrives at the top. “Promises” (Columbia/Sony) by Calvin Harris and Sam Smith wins a close race to regain the singles crown.
Always In Between delivers first-week combined units of 36,000 to become the first chart-topping album by a British female artist in 2018, repeating the success of Glynne’s 2015 debut I Cry When I Laugh in the process. That set remains in the current chart, climbing 43-40 in its 159th week.
Two-thirds of Glynne’s opening sales for the new set were in physical sales, with the rest split between downloads and streams. Its current single “All I Am” dips 9-10 while the album’s “Thursday” enters at No. 24.
The motion picture cast recording of A Star Is Born (Interscope/Universal), which entered at No. 1 last week, falls a place, while The Greatest Showman (Atlantic/Warner) moves back 4-3, changing places with Rod Stewart‘s Blood Red Roses (Decca/Universal). Eminem‘s Kamikaze (Interscope/Universal) holds at No. 5. Rick Wakeman lands another top ten album, 45 years after his first, as Piano Odyssey (Sony Classical) starts at No. 7.
“Promises,” which had a five-week run at the singles summit before it was unseated by Dave‘s “Funky Friday” (Dave Neighbourhood), featuring Fredo, narrowly regains the lead. The Harris/Smith single finishes 1,026 combined units ahead of its rival, reports the Official Charts Company, although “Funky Friday” is the most-streamed song of the week with 7.13 million plays.
“Happier” by Marshmello & Bastille (Positiva/Universal) stays at No. 3 as Lady Gaga‘s “Shallow,” from the A Star Is Born soundtrack, improves 6-4. U.K. pop regulars Little Mix enter at No. 5 with “Woman Like Me” (Interscope/Cash Money/Universal), featuring Nicki Minaj. It’s the lead song from the group’s upcoming LM5 album.