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U.K. CHARTS: MORE ADELE RECORDS
11/26/21

Adele’s 30 (Columbia) has scored the biggest opening week of 2021 and registered the most first-week sales for an album in four years on the U.K. Official Albums chart. Her domination of the charts continues at singles where she has #1 (“Easy On Me”), #2 (“Oh My God”) and #4 (“I Drink Wine”).

30—Adele’s fourth #1 album—registered 261k sales, topping ABBA’s Voyage, which sold 204k. It’s the biggest first-week for an album since Ed Sheeran’s Divide (Atlantic) in 2017. The last time a female artist had bigger numbers—no surprise here—it was Adele’s 25 in 2015.

More than two-thirds of the sales were physical and 30 is both the week’s biggest seller on vinyl—16,700 copies—and the most-streamed album of the week—55.7m plays for its 12 tracks.

Adele is the first female to hit #1 in the U.K. with her first four albums and the previous three titles all return to the Top 40: 25 is #15; 21 is #18 and her debut, 19, lands at #31.

On singles, “Easy On Me” hits a personal best of six weeks at #1 with more than 101k chart sales and 11.5m streams.

There were other new collections that debited in the Top 10 this week.

OasisKnebworth 1996 (Big Brother) is #4, their first U.K. Top 10 album in 11 years; Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ second collaboration, Raise The Roof (East West/Rhino) lands at #5; D-Block Europe’s mixtape Home Alone 2 (Virgin) breaks in at #6; Elbow’s Flying Dream 1 (Polydor) soars to #7; and James Blunt’s greatest hits collection The Stars Beneath My Feet (2004-2021) debuts at #9. Bruce Springsteen’s live album The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts (Columbia) is #11.

At singles, Sheeran has the two Top 5 slots not filled by Adele: “Shivers” at #3 and “Bad Habits” at #5. D-Block Europe f/Central Cee’s “Overseas” is new in the Top 10, opening at #8.