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U.K. CHARTS: ABBA HITS #1 ON 204K
11/12/21

ABBA’s Voyage (Polar) is the fastest-selling album in the U.K. of 2021, shifting 204k copies to hit #1 on the Official Albums Chart. Over on singles, Adele remains on top.

Voyage, which is ABBA’s 10th #1 tand he group’s first studio effort to top the chart in 40 years, claims the biggest opening week in four years since Ed Sheeran’s Divide (Atlantic).

Of the 204k total, 90% are physical sales, including 29.9k on vinyl, which makes it the fastest-selling vinyl release of the century.

Elsewhere on the albums chart, James Arthur debuts at #3 with It’ll All Make Sense in the End (Columbia). Radiohead’s Kid A Mnesia (XL) is new at #4, and Summer Walker’s Still Over It (LVRN/Interscope) is #5.

Diana RossThank You (Decca) is also new at #7, and Gregory Porter’s greatest hits, Still Rising: The Collection (Decca), finishes at #8.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart, Adele’s “Easy on Me” (Columbia) scores a fourth consecutive week at #1. Ed Sheeran’s “Shivers” (Atlantic) sits just 2k sales behind at #2.

This week’s highest new entry goes to Brighton rapper Arrdee with “Flowers (Say My Name)” (Island) at #5.

Outside the Top 10, SwitchOTR f/A1 x J1’s “Coming For You”  (Sony) rises six places to a new peak of #14, as Clean Bandit & Topic f/Wes Nelson’s “Drive” (Atlantic) jumps nine to reach a new peak of #17.

Joel Corry & Mabel’s “I Wish” (Atlantic) also reaches a new peak this week, up four to #19. New in at #20 are Post Malone & The Weeknd’s “One Right Now” (Island).