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Paul Simon Scores First No. 1 U.K. Album In 26 Years With ‘Stranger to Stranger’

Paul Simon has scored his first U.K. No. 1 studio album in 26 years with 'Stranger To Stranger' (Concord/EMI/Universal).

Paul Simon has scored his first U.K. No. 1 studio album in 26 years with Stranger To Stranger (Concord/EMI/Universal), while Drake‘s “One Dance” (Cash Money/ Republic/Universal), featuring Wizkid & Kyla, tops the singles chart for the ninth straight week. Additionally, Justin Bieber has created a first in the territory by breaking the barrier of 100 million streams, with last October’s chart-topper “Sorry” (Def Jam/Universal).


Simon hit the U.K. album summit with the compilation The Ultimate Collection (Sony Music CG) in April last year, but the new release marks his first No. 1 there with a studio set since The Rhythm Of The Saints (Warner Bros./Warner Music) spent two weeks at the peak in the autumn of 1990.

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With Drake’s Views album steady again at No. 2, Coldplay moved up again 4-3 with A Head Full Of Dreams (Parlophone/Warner Music), changing places with Beyoncé’s Lemonade (Columbia/Sony). Last week’s new entry at the top, Catfish and the Bottlemen’s The Ride (Universal Island), fell to No. 5.

There were top ten debuts for grime MC Bugzy Malone at No. 6 with Facing Time (Ill Gotten), and Dexys (formerly known as Dexys Midnight Runners) at No. 10 with Let The Record Show — Dexys Do Irish And Country Soul (Rhino/Warner Music).

With 73,000 weekly combined chart sales, Drake’s single has extended its run as the U.K.’s longest-running No. 1 single for nine years. One more week at the summit will put it level with Rihanna’s ten-week reign with “Umbrella” in 2007.

Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling” (RCA/Sony) began a fourth straight week at No. 2, and “This Is What You Came For” (Columbia/Sony) by Calvin Harris and Rihanna also stretched its run at No. 3 to four weeks. “This Girl” (3 Beat) by Kungs Vs. Cookin’ On 3 Burners climbed again, 10-4, and last week’s highest new entry, Clean Bandit’s “Tears” (Atlantic/Warner Music), featuring Louisa Johnson, climbed a place to No. 5.

Bieber’s “Sorry” moved past 100 million streams as his other hits “What Do You Mean” and “Love Yourself” edge closer to the threshold, taking their totals to 98.6m and 94.3m streams, respectively.