With first-week sales of 84,000, Swift last week scored her third consecutive U.K. No. 1 album with Reputation, though the LP takes a sharp dive to No. 7 on the Official U.K. Chart Update as a trio of new releases set up a roadblock at the chart summit, led by Faith’s The Architect.
Faith could draw down her first No. 1 with The Architect (RCA), her fourth studio set, which has an advantage of 4,000 combined chart sales over its nearest rival, Morrissey’s Low In High School (BMG) at No. 2 (Faith’s previous two albums, A Perfect Contradiction and Fall To Grace, both peaked at No. 2).
Coming in at No. 3 on midweek data is Our Generation, the debut effort from Britain’s Got Talent champ Tokio Myers (Syco Music), while Sam Smith’s former chart leader The Thrill Of It All (Capitol) slips 2-4 and Jeff Lynn’s ELO opens at No. 5 with the live recording Wembley or Bust (RCA).
After three weeks ruling the Official U.K. Singles Chart, Camila Cabello’s “Havana” (Epic/Syco) edges Rita Ora’s “Anywhere” (Atlantic) at the halfway point. Just 2,000 streaming equivalent sales and downloads separate the two tracks, according to the Official Charts Company.