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Jess Glynne Matches Cheryl Cole’s Record on U.K. Singles Chart

In the aftermath of the Aug. 1 death of celebrated Liverpudlian singer and entertainer Cilla Black, whose funeral took place yesterday (Thursday), her Very Best Of compilation (Rhino/Warner Music) raced to the top of the new U.K. album chart today (Aug. 21).

On the singles countdown, Jess Glynne scored a fifth No. 1 with “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself” (Atlantic/Warner Music) to match the record for a British solo female artist, held by Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (formerly Cheryl Cole).

Black’s album first charted in October 2013 and returned to the top 75 two weeks ago, after her passing at the age of 72. It climbed 8-1 on the new Official Charts Company survey, as James Bay’s Chaos and the Calm (Republic/Universal) moved back 7-2.

Cilla Black, British Singer & TV Host, Dies at 72 

Welsh rock band Bullet For My Valentine achieved a career-best No. 3 debut with Venom (RCA/Sony), beating the No. 5 peak of both 2008’s Scream Aim Fire and Fever in 2010. Ed Sheeran’s x (Asylum/Warner Music) fell back 3-4 and last week’s No. 1, Dr. Dre’s Compton (Interscope/Universal), dropped to No. 5.

Another Welsh rock outfit, Neck Deep, went straight to No. 10 with their second studio release Life’s Not Out To Get You (Hopeless). On the compilation chart, Now That’s What I Call Music 91 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) holds sway for a fourth week.

Glynne’s single made an early showing outside the official top 75 at No. 78 last week and soared to the summit in the new data. She previously hit No. 1 singing on Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” and Route 94’s “My Love” last year, and on two chart-toppers this year, her own “Hold My Hand” and “Not Letting Go” with Tinie Tempah.

Last week’s bestselling single, Charlie Puth’s “Marvin Gaye” (Atlantic/Warner Music), featuring Meghan Trainor, fell to No. 2; “How Deep Is Your Love” (Columbia/Sony) by Calvin Harris & Disciples dipped 2-3 and “Can’t Feel My Face” (Universal) by The Weeknd moved 3-4. French DJ-producer Marvin Solveig came in at No. 5 with “Intoxicated” (Spinnin’ Deep), featuring GTA.