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HITS LIST: SIGNS OF A
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U.K.CHARTS: SMOKE RISES TO #1
9/25/20

The posthumous debut album from Pop Smoke made a last-minute rise to top this week’s Official Albums Chart. On the singles chart, 24kGoldn earns his first #1.

Despite Ava Max leading midweek, Pop Smoke’s Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon (Polydor) lifted one slot to #1, 12 weeks after making its debut at #2. It has shown itself to be a streaming powerhouse: 97% of its chart sales this week came from streams. He becomes the first solo artist to land a posthumous #1 debut album in the U.K.; it is also the first debut album to reach #1 in the U.K. this year.

The rest of this week’s Top 5 is made up of new entries. Ava Max’s Heaven & Hell (Atlantic) is #2, and U.K. rapper Potter Payper earns his first Top 40 with Training Day 3 at #3.

Yusuf/Cat Stevens’ rerecording of his 1970 classic, Tea For The Tillerman 2 (UMe), is#4, his highest charting studio album since 1974’s Buddah And The Chocolate Box hit #3. Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets’ Live At The Roundhouse (Sony Legacy) is #5.

Run The Jewels’ RTJ4 (BMG) re-enters at #9 following its release on physical formats—it’s the best-selling vinyl album of the week. RCA’s Alicia Keys scores her eighth Top 40 record with ALICIA at #12.

On the singles chart, 24kGoldn f/Iann Dior’s “Mood” (Black Butter) overtakes “WAP” by Atlantic’s Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion, finishing the week more than 7,000 ahead with 61,000 chart sales, including 7.8 million streams.

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