Lana Del Rey enters the U.K. album chart at No. 1 with Norman Fucking Rockwell (Polydor/Universal).
It’s Del Rey’s fourth No. 1 album in the market, with the Official Charts Company tracking it 12,000 combined units ahead of Sheeran’s No. 6 Collaborations Project (Asylum/Warner Music), which holds at No. 2. Two-thirds of her total are from physical sales; Sheeran has the most album streams of the week.
Taylor Swift falls 1-3 with Lover (EMI/Universal), as rock longrunners Tool return at No. 4 with Fear Inoculum (Music For Nations). Lewis Capaldi is down 3-5 with Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (EMI/Universal). A 25th anniversary edition of Oasis’ Definitely Maybe (Big Brother) sends it up 56-6, for its highest ranking since May 2014.
Another new rock release, Kasabian member Serge Pizzorno’s solo debut The S.L.P. (Columbia/Sony), starts at No. 7, with British rapper Kano in at No. 8 with Hoodies All Summer (Parlophone/Warner). Sheryl Crow’s star-laden collaborative album Threads (Big Machine) opens at No. 10, her best U.K. showing with a new studio release since C’mon C’mon reached No. 2 in 2002.
Plus, Ed Sheeran starts a second week atop the singles chart with “Take Me Back To London” (Asylum/Warner Music), featuring Stormzy.
“Take Me Back To London” is more than 22,000 combined units ahead of Kygo’s “Higher Love” (Kygo/Columbia/Sony), featuring Whitney Houston, which holds at No. 2. Aitch is up 6-3 with “Taste (Make It Shake)” (Since 93) as AJ Tracey’s “Ladbroke Grove” (AJ Tracey) climbs 5-4, its eighth consecutive week in the top ten. Dominic Fike is down 4-5 with “3 Nights” (Columbia/Sony); “Strike A Pose” (Black Butter) by Young T & Bugsey featuring Aitch improves 12-10.