The Weeknd‘s third album, Beauty Behind the Madness (XO/Republic/Universal Island), entered the U.K. chart at No. 1 on Friday (Sept. 4), as Justin Bieber‘s “What Do You Mean?” (Def Jam/Universal) became his first chart-topping single in the territory. Meanwhile, Sam Smith‘s In the Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal) set a new album chart record.
Beauty Behind the Madness is not only The Weeknd’s first U.K. No. 1 album, but also his first to make the top 10, after 2012’s Trilogy reached No. 37 and the following year’s Kiss Land No. 12. The new set’s current hit “Can’t Feel My Face” reached a new peak with a 6-3 climb in the latest Official Charts Company data.
Jess Glynne‘s I Cry When I Laugh (Warner Music), last week’s best-seller on the artist album chart, fell to No. 2, as Foals entered at No. 3 with What Went Down (Warner Bros/Warner Music). Ella Eyre‘s debut album Feline (Virgin EMI/Universal) started at No. 4, as Smith climbed 6-5 in its 67th consecutive week in the top 10, a new record for a debut album. He beats Emeli Sandé‘s previous record of 66 weeks with Our Version of Events between February 2012 and May 2013.
American singer-songwriter Halsey‘s Badlands (Astralwerks) debuted at No. 9 and rock veterans Motörhead at No. 10 with Bad Magic (UDR). That’s their highest ranking since Ironfist reached No. 6 in 1982. On the compilation chart, Now That’s What I Call Music 91 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) posts a sixth week at No. 1.
Bieber’s previous best U.K. showing as a lead artist was No. 2 with “Boyfriend” in 2012. “What Do You Mean?” created a new record with 3.2 million streams across chart-reporting streaming services in the sales week to last night (Thursday). ). Rachel Platten‘s “Fight Song” (Columbia/Sony), which opened at No. 1 last week, fell to No. 2.