The Official UK Charts (08 – 14 February 2019)


The Specials have won this week’s race for Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart.

After an intense week of in-store signings and promotion, the ska legends beat revived Noughties boyband Busted to the finishing line by just 1060 sales with Encore.

The Specials’ first album of new material in 37 years, Encore is their first ever UK Number 1 album, clocking up 89% physical sales and, coincidentally, it’s 39 years ago this week since their single Too Much Too Young topped the Official Singles Chart.

Busted are runners-up with Half Way There, their third album to reach Number 2 – 2002’s self-titled debut and 2003’s A Present For Everyone also just missed the top spot on the Official Albums Chart.

Another three brand new albums end their first week in the Top 10: Ripples by Ian Brown (4), London rapper Fredo’s first full-length album Third Avenue (5), and Claire Richards’ debut solo project My Wildest Dreams (9).

1. (N) The Specials – Encore
2. (N) Busted – Half Way There
3. (2) B.S.O. The Greatest Showman
4. (N) Ian Brown – Ripples
5. (N) Fredo – Third Avenue
6. (3) Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (B.S.O.)
7. (4) George Ezra – Staying At Tamara’s
8. (6) B.S.O. A Star is Born
9. (N) Claire Richards – My Wildest Dreams
10. (1) Bring Me The Horizon – AMO



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SINGLES (Top 40 Singles)

1. (1) Ariana Grande – 7 Rings
2. (2) Ava Ma – Sweet But Psycho
3. (3) Sam Smith & Normani – Dancing With a Stranger
4. (4) Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man – Giant
5. (7) Mabel – Don’t Call me Up
6. (5) Post Malone – Wow.
7. (N) Billie Elish – Bury A Friend
8. (6) Mark Ronson ft. Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
9. (10) Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
10. (8) Post Malone ft. Swae Lee – Sunflower

Ariana Grande’s 7 Rings secures a third week at Number 1 with 71,900 combined sales, including 8.96 million audio and video streams.

Meanwhile, Rising star Billie Eilish claims this week’s highest new entry on the Official Singles Chart as her latest track Bury A Friend debuts inside the Top 10. The song enters at Number 7 on the Top 40, the singer-songwriter’s highest charting track to date.

London singer Mabel continues to climb with her latest track Don’t Call Me Up, rising two places to Number 5 – her first Top 5 hit.




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