The Irish trio’s compilation (via Sony Music CG) is their sixth leader, following The Script (from 2008), Science & Faith (2010), No Sound Without Silence (2014), Freedom Child (2017) and Sunsets & Full Moons (2019).
According to the OCC, the set snags 23,000 chart sales, with 87% of that total from physical sales.
With their sixth No. 1, The Script join an elite club of rock bands that includes Arctic Monkeys, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Kings Of Leon, Radiohead, Blur and Muse.
The Specials blast in at No. 2 with Protest Songs 1924-2012 (Island), for the ska legends’ fifth U.K. Top 10 album, while Queen drummer Roger Taylor hits his first solo U.K. Top 10 with his sixth record Outsider (EMI), new at No. 3.
Hans Zimmer cuts a slice of history with his soundtrack to the new James Bond film No Time To Die (Decca). The album bows at No. 7 on the weekly chart, to become the highest-charting Bond title in the franchise’s history.
The LP’s title track, led by Billie Eilish and featuring Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr alongside Zimmer, went to No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart in February 2020, boasting the biggest opening week for any Bond theme. Eilish’s track reenters the singles survey this week at No. 32.
Meanwhile, London rapper Potter Payper scoops a second U.K. Top 10 entry with the week’s most-streamed new entry, Thanks For Waiting (0207), new at No. 8 on the main chart.
And finally, Taylor Swift’s Fearless (Taylor’s Version) (via EMI) reenters the tally at No. 9, following its release on vinyl.
Over on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, Ed Sheeran enters a fourth week at No. 1 with “Shivers” (Asylum), which accumulates another 6.7 million streams over the seven-day reporting period, to finish the week “comfortably ahead” of Elton John & Dua Lipa’s “Cold Heart” (Pnau Remix) (via EMI), the OCC reports.
The highest new entry this week belongs to Skylar Grey, whose Venom: Let There Be Carnage tie-in “Last One Standing” (Interscope), featuring Polo G and Mozzy, starts at No. 46.