For the seventh time out of 11 studio records, Stereophonics have a U.K. No. 1 album, as Kind (Parlophone/Warner) goes straight to the top. Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch) begins a fifth straight week at the singles summit.
The Official Charts Company reports that Kind had first-week combined units of 30,000, of which just over 3,000 were on vinyl. The achievement extends Stereophonics’ span of No. 1 albums to just over 20 years, since Performance and Cocktails opened in the top spot in March 1999.
Kind is part of an all-new top five, which sees Kanye West at No. 2 with Jesus Is King (Def Jam/Universal), for his sixth top 10 album. James Blunt‘s Once Upon a Star (Atlantic/Warner) begins at No. 3 and Rick Astley at No. 4 with his new retrospective The Best of Me (BMG). English singer-writer Rex Orange County makes his first album chart appearance, at No. 5, with his third set and major-label debut, Pony (Columbia/Sony). Now That’s What I Call Music 103 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) is in its 15th consecutive week atop the compilation chart.
“Dance Monkey” posts another record week, of 86,000 combined units including 9.54 million streams, to continue its singles reign. Regard’s “Ride It” (Ministry of Sound) is at No. 2 again and Selena Gomez roars 65-3, her highest-ever U.K. singles placing, with “Lose You to Love Me” (Interscope/Universal). Post Malone‘s “Circles” (Republic/Universal) and Ed Sheeran‘s “South of the Border” (Asylum/Warner), featuring Camila Cabello and Cardi B, fall 3-4 and 4-5 respectively.
West’s album arrival helps three tracks from Jesus Is God to make the top 20: “Follow God” at No. 6, “Selah” at No. 19 and “Closed on Sundays” at No. 20. Lizzo makes her U.K. top 10 debut as “Good As Hell” (Atlantic/Warner) climbs 18-7, and Maroon 5‘s “Memories” (Interscope/Universal) is up again, 10-8.