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Olivia Rodrigo Beats Lorde In U.K. Chart Race

Olivia Rodrigo’s "Sour" (Geffen) rebounds to No. 1 in the U.K. for a fifth non-consecutive week at the summit.

Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour (Geffen) rebounds to No. 1 in the U.K. for a fifth non-consecutive week at the summit.

Sour enjoys a burst of life following its release on vinyl, relegating Lorde’s new album Solar Power (EMI) to a No. 2 start on the Official U.K. Albums Chart.

According to the OCC, Sour racks up the most sales and most streams of any album in the U.K. last week, including 7,800 units on wax. That sum means Sour is the fastest-selling female debut album on vinyl since 2000, eclipsing Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?.

Despite missing out on top spot, Lorde’s No. 2 start is her strongest chart debut in the U.K. to date, beating 2013’s Pure Heroine (No. 4) and 2017’s Melodrama (No. 5).


Close behind is Jake Bugg, whose Saturday Night, Sunday Morning (RCA) is new No. 3, for the Englishman’s fifth consecutive Top 10 album.

Also, Brentford MCs Kurupt FM impact the Top 10 with their debut album The Greatest Hits (Part 1) (via Polydor), new at No. 8, while Irish artist Orla Gartland enjoys a Top 10 with her own debut album, Woman On The Internet (New Friends). It drops at No. 10.

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran extends his domination of the Official U.K. Singles Charts as “Bad Habits” (Asylum) enters a ninth week at No. 1, and “Visiting Hours,” his tribute to the late Australian music entrepreneur Michael Gudinski, is new at No. 5.

“Visiting Hours” is the highest new arrival on the current frame, and it gives Sheeran a 30th U.K. – matching Rihanna and placing him in joint-tenth place for most appearances in the top tier.