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U.K. CHARTS: LIAM'S 11TH #1
6/3/22

Liam Gallagher has secured his fourth #1 on the Official Albums Chart as the U.K. charts are full of tidbits related to Harry Styles, Queen and Kate Bush.

Gallagher’s C’Mon You Know (Warner) becomes his 11th #1 album across his career, with more than 70k chart sales shifted in its opening week. C’Mon You Know is also the highest-selling vinyl this week, selling 29k LPs. Right behind it on the vinyl chart is his live album Down By the River Thames, which debuts at #4 on the overall chart.

Elsewhere, Def Leppard score their first Top 5 album in 26 years with Diamond Star Halos (UMC), Will Young’s 20 Years – The Greatest Hits (Sony Music CG) hits #6, and the debut album from Tate McRae, I Used to Think I Could Fly (RCA) zooms in at #7. ABBA’s Gold – Greatest Hits (Polydor) is back in the Top 10 at #9 following the launch of their ABBA Voyage show in London.

A two-LP vinyl edition of Doja Cat’s Planet Her (RCA) pushes the set up to #17 and a new Sex Pistols package, The Original Recordings (UMC), pops in at #19.

Between those two rookies sits Queen’s Greatest Hits (Parlophone), which becomes the first album by a British act with 1,000 weeks on Official Album Chart. Only two other albums have topped 1,000 weeks on the chart: Bob Marley & The WailersLegend (Island) and ABBA’s Gold – Greatest Hits.  The Queen collection was released in 1981, more than 2,000 weeks ago.

On the singles chart, Styles’ “As It Was” (Columbia) hits nine weeks at #1, the longest streak since Ed Sheeran’s 11-week reign with “Bad Habits” last year. The most-streamed song in the country—7.4m during the stanza—it registered more than 65k chart sales

Continuing to trail Styles are Cat Burns’ “Go” (Since 93/RCA), which hits a new peak of #2, and Lizzo’s “About Damn Time” (Atlantic), which hits a personal peak for her at #3. Tion Wayne & La Roux’s “IFTK” (Atlantic) rises to a new peak of #7 and Sheeran’s “2step” (Atlantic) enters the Top 10 for the first time, hitting #9.

Reaction to the fourth season premiere of Netflix’s Stranger Things has resulted in Kate Bush returning to the Top 10 of the Official Singles Chart for the first time in a decade as “Running Up That Hill” races to #8 on 48k chart sales. Running Up That Hill” was last in the Top 10 in 2012 when a new mix of the song was featured in the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Originally released in 1985 as the lead single from Hounds of Love, “Running Up That Hill”  peaked at #3, becoming Bush’s second highest-ever charting single in the U.K., behind the chart-topper “Wuthering Heights.”