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REPUBLIC UPS GOLDSTEIN, ROPPO TO CO-PRESIDENTS
Team Lipman doubles up. (11/26a)
CHART FINAL:
THE BIGGEST BOW
OF THE YEAR
Big numbers for "30." (11/29a)
COUNTRY GRAMMYS' ROOTS ARE SHOWING
Deck the Grammys with boughs of Holly. (11/24a)
THE BRITISH
ARE COMING
Rolling out our U.K. Special print issue (11/24a)
PUTTING THE POP
IN POPCORN
Putting the audio into audio-visual. (11/29a)
TURKEY
Basting.
STUFFING
Stuffing.
YAMS
Candying.
PUMPKIN PIE
Stuffing (in face).
Blighty Beat
U.K. CHARTS: DAVE SETS A '21 RECORD
7/30/21

British rapper Dave has scored the biggest albums opening week of 2021 in the U.K. with We’re All Alone in This Together (NBR) topping the chart on 76k sales. Over on singles, Ed Sheeran remains at #1.

Dave, who claims his second Official Albums #1 today, beats the record set by Olivia Rodrigo, whose SOUR (Polydor) picked up 51k first-week chart sales in June. The British rapper has the biggest opening week since November 2019, when Coldplay’s Everyday Life (Parlophone) opened on 81k.

Fifty-six percent of We’re All Alone’s sales came from physical and downloads; the album’s 12 tracks racked up 38.5m streams.

Elsewhere on albums, Anne-Marie is new at #2 with Therapy (Atlantic), while KSI’s All Over The Place (BMG) drops to #4.

Two albums enter this week’s Top 10: The Kid LAROI’s F*ck Love (RCA) rises 46 places to #6 following the release of the collection’s final chapter, Over You. Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black (Island) is up 29 places to #7 following the 10-year anniversary of her death.

Further down, Paul McCartney is new at #13 with McCartney III Imagined (EMI), a duets-filled remix of his chart-topping collection, McCartney III.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles chart, Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” (Atlantic) extends its run at #1 for a fifth week with 85k sales, including 9.95m streams.

Dave has two entries in the Top 10 following the release of his second album: “Verdansk” is new at #4 and “The Fire” opens at #6.

Two new releases land in this week’s Top 20: Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow’s “Industry Baby” (Columbia) at #13, and Anne-Marie & Little Mix’s “Kiss My (Uh Oh)” at #17.