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A STAR-SPANGLED
HITS LIST
It's now or never. (7/1a)
BST HYDE PARK: BIGGER THAN EVER
It's the U.K. equivalent of July 4 fireworks. (7/1a)
SADDLE UP:
BEYONCÉ UNVEILS RENAISSANCE ART
She's not horsing around. (7/1a)
SONG REVENUE: DRAKE TAKES
THE CAKE
The rich get richer. (7/1a)
UMG ACQUIRES ALL THINGS ZAPPA
Who's gonna "Freak Out" over this acquisition? (7/1a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
Blighty Beat
U.K. CHARTS: HOWLIN’ WOLF
6/11/21

Wolf Alice’s Blue Weekend (Dirty Hit) had the biggest opening week for a British group in 2021—36k sales—giving them the #1 slot on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart. Over on singles, Olivia Rodrigo has made more chart history.

Wolf Alice claim their first chart-topping album today as their previous two sets both peaked at #2. Vinyl sales counted for 41% (14.7k) of Blue Weekend's 36k total.

At #2, Rodrigo’s Sour (Polydor) is this week’s most-streamed album, while Manchester band James opens at #3 with All The Colours of You (Nothing But Love Music).

Lil Baby & Lil Durk’s The Voice of the Heroes (UMG) opens at #5 and Crowded House’s first album in 11 years, Dreamers Are Waiting (EMI), is also new at #6.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles chart, Rodrigo is the first female artist to occupy three Top 5 spaces in the same week. “Good 4 U” scores a third week at #1 with 96k sales, including 11.2m streams, while “Deja Vu” is at #4 and “Traitor” climbs to a new peak at #5.

Only a handful of other acts have achieved this feat, including John Lennon, Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran and Drake (who was the last to do so in 2018).

The Weeknd’s “Save Your Tears” (Island) reaches a new peak today, climbing two places to #2, while Galantis, David Guetta & Little Mix also climb two places to a new high of #6 with “Heartbreak Anthem” (Atlantic).

This week’s highest new entry comes from Brighton rapper ArrDee, whose “Oliver Twist” (Island) flies straight in at #7. It’s the 18-year-old’s first credited U.K. chart hit and follows his viral verse on the remix of Tion Wayne & Russ Millions’ #1 hit “Body” (Atlantic), which is #8 this week.

Mimi Webb’s “Good Without” (RCA) climbs one to #9 wand Billie Eilish’s “Lost Cause” (Polydor) debuts at #14.