The Weeknd lands a second U.K. No. 1 album, as After Hours debuts atop the Official Charts Company survey.
After Hours has first-week combined units of 26,000, of which 78% comprises streaming-equivalent sales. The total is more than double that of Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (EMI/Universal), which is at No. 2 again. The Weeknd previously led the U.K. album chart with Beauty Behind The Madness in 2015.
Morrissey makes a No. 3 start with I Am Not A Dog On A Chain (BMG). It’s his 15th top ten title as a solo artist, and highest-placed since World Peace Is None Of Your Business opened at No. 2 in 2014. Billie Eilish is back up 6-4 with When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go (Interscope/Universal), as is Harry Styles’ Fine Line (Columbia/Sony), 7-5.
Strong interest in Kenny Rogers’ catalogue following his death on Mar. 20 generates a re-entry at No. 6 for All The Hits & All New Love Songs (EMI/Universal). The album was first released in 1999, when it debuted and reached its original peak at No. 14 in a six-week chart run. It now becomes only the third U.K. top ten album of Rogers’ solo career: he reached No. 7 with Kenny in 1980 and No. 4 with The Kenny Rogers Story in 1985.
Manchester rock outfit The Slow Readers Club arrive at No. 9 with The Joy of the Return (Modern Sky). They reached No. 18 with Build A Tower in 2018. There’s a No. 10 entry for the David Bowie EP Is It Any Wonder (Parlophone/Warner) after its release on vinyl, which duly takes it to the top of that format’s dedicated chart.
Meanwhile, Saint Jhn’s “Roses” (B1/HITCO/Ministry of Sound) starts a second week at the singles summit.
The Saint Jhn track extends its singles reign with 60,000 new combined units, of which 7.4 million are streams. The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” holds at No. 2, as the release of After Hours takes two more of its tracks into the top 40: “In Your Eyes” enters at No. 17 and the title song, which debuted at No. 20 earlier this month, rebounds 43-24.
Roddy Ricch’s “The Box” (Atlantic/Warner) has another upturn, 4-3, in its 11th straight week in the top ten. Joel Corry’s “Lonely” (Perfect Havoc/Asylum/Warner) is up 5-4 and Dua Lipa’s “Physical” (Warner) 7-5.