Take That‘s Odyssey (Polydor/Universal) becomes the U.K.’s fastest-selling artist album of 2018 to date, debuting at No. 1 with 106,000 combined units. Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” (Republic/ Universal) tops the singles chart for a fourth week.
The Official Charts Company reports that 94 percent of Take That’s opening sales were physical, including 891 on cassette. It’s the eighth U.K. No. 1 album by the pop long-runners. The overall fastest-selling album of the year so far is Now That’s What I Call Music 100 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal), with 176,000 combined units. Its successor, the 101st regular edition of the venerable series, enters the compilation chart at No. 1.
Last week’s new entry at No. 1 on the artist chart, Michael Bublé’s Love (Reprise/Warner Music), is down to No. 2, as The Greatest Showman soundtrack (Atlantic/Warner) moves back 4-3. Cliff Richard lands his 45th U.K. top ten album as Rise Up (Rhino/Warner) starts at No. 4. His first such success came in April 1959 with Cliff.
Little Mix dip 3-5 on the new album survey with LM5 (Syco Music/Sony Music). Andrea Bocelli’s Si (Decca/Universal) moves back 7-6, as Roy Orbison’s second posthumous album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Unchained Melodies (Sony Music CG), arrives at No. 8; the first, A Love So Beautiful, entered at No. 2 a year ago.
George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s (Columbia/Sony) climbs back 11-9 to record its 32nd week in the top ten, and Alfie Boe’s As Time Goes By (Decca/Universal) enters at No. 10, with Rita Ora’s Phoenix (Atlantic/Warner) new at No. 11. The new No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Mumford & Sons’ Delta (Gentlemen of the Road/Island) falls 2-14 in their home country.
Grande held off the challenge of Little Mix’s “Woman Like Me,” featuring Nicki Minaj, which stays at No. 2, less than 300 combined units ahead of Jess Glynne’s “Thursday” (Atlantic/Warner), which improves 4-3. Halsey’s “Without Me” (Capitol/Universal) becomes her first top five U.K. success as a soloist, rising 6-4 as Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” (Interscope/ Universal) falls 3-5.
Ava Max’s “Sweet But Psycho” (Atlantic/Warner) climbs 13-6 on the new singles chart, and another Atlantic release, “Zeze” by Kodak Black featuring Travis Scott and Offset, moves 10-8. The traditional resurgence of key festive singles begins with the return of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Columbia) to the top 40, with a 65-34 jump. It’s the 12th year in a row that the holiday anthem has made that grade.