Breakthrough British artist Rag ‘n’ Bone Man scores the fastest-selling male solo album of the decade in the U.K. with Human (Best Laid Plans/Columbia/Sony Music), while Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape Of You” (Asylum/Warner Music) tops the singles chart there for a sixth week.
The Rag ‘n’ Bone man album outsells the rest of the top ten combined. As the Official Charts Company reports, its 117,000 combined units giving it a better first week than such notable releases as Sheeran’s + in 2011 and Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour in 2014. The title track from Human also rises 5-2 in its 13th week on the singles chart.
Veteran British rock band Thunder arrive at No. 3 with Rip It Up (Ear Music). It’s the band’s highest-ranking release in a U.K. album chart career that started with Back Street Symphony in 1990. London-born rapper Nines enters at No. 4 with his debut set One Foot Out (XL Recordings), while the La La Land soundtrack (Interscope/Polydor) dips 2-5.
Adele‘s Grammy triumphs help 25 (XL Recordings) rise 9-6, while James Arthur‘s Back From The Edge (Syco/Sony) moves back 15-9. I Love Trance (Ministry of Sound) tops the compilation chart for a second week.
“Shape Of You” shifted 36,000 downloads and 8 million streams in its sixth week, but with Rag ‘n’ Bone Man up to No. 2 on the singles chart, Sheeran’s five-week stranglehold on the top two ends, with “Castle On The Hill” down 2-3. “You Don’t Know Me” (Polydor/ Universal) by Jax Jones & Raye holds at No. 4.
Zayn and Taylor Swift‘s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” (Republic), from Fifty Shades Darker, is up from No. 9 to a new peak of No. 5. “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol/Universal) by Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley is the highest new entry of the week, at No. 7.