Ward Thomas Becomes First Homegrown Country Act to Score No. 1 Album on U.K. Charts
British sister duo Ward Thomas have become the first domestic country act to score a No. 1 album in the U.K. Their sophomore album Cartwheels (Sony Music) enters at the top of today's Official Charts…
British sister duo Ward Thomas have become the first domestic country act to score a No. 1 album in the U.K. Their sophomore album Cartwheels (Sony Music) enters at the top of today’s Official Charts Company survey, while “Closer” (Disruptor), by Chainsmokers featuring Halsey, starts a second week at the singles summit.
Cartwheels is the follow-up to Lizzy and Catherine Ward Thomas’ independently-released debut album, 2014’s From Where We Stand, which reached No. 41. The previous best showing for a country-flavored release by a U.K. act was the No. 10 peak for Brave (Decca), the 2015 debut of the Shires — whose own follow-up, My Universe, will be released Oct. 7.
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The Nation’s Favourite Carpenters Songs (Polydor/Universal), the companion to last weekend’s new ITV documentary on the duo, debuted at No. 2, while Jamie T‘s Trick (Virgin/Universal) opened at No. 3, his fourth consecutive top five album in the market.
Last week’s new entry at No. 1, Barbra Streisand‘s Encore — Movie Partners Sing Broadway (Columbia/Sony), fell to No. 4, while British rapper Wretch 32 arrived at No. 5 with Growing Over Life (Polydor/Universal). Florida rockers A Day to Remember made the U.K. album top 40 for the first time at No. 6 with Bad Vibrations (ADTR), while Northern Irish pop-rock act the Divine Comedy came in at No 7 with Foreverland (Divine Comedy).
“Closer” achieved combined units of 92,000, a 12,000-unit increase on their total of the previous week and a substantial 31,000 ahead of “Let Me Love You” (Interscope/ Universal) by DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber, which is now in a fifth week at No. 2.
The former No. 1 single “Cold Water” (Because Music), by Major Lazer featuring Bieber and MØ, held at No. 3, while Calum Scott‘s “Dancing On My Own” (Instrumental) and “Heathens” (Atlantic/Warner Music) by Twenty One Pilots were also static at Nos. 4 and 5. “In The Name of Love” (Columbia/Sony) by Martin Garrix and Bebe Rexha rose 17-10.