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HITS LIST IN BLOOM
From the desert to the sea (4/16a)
ON THE COVER:
AARON BAY-SCHUCK
AND TOM CORSON
Bunny's hoppin' again. (4/16a)
DESERT HEAT:
PAUL TOLLETT
The cat in the hat is calling the shots. (4/15a)
THIS HITS PHOTO GALLERY IS WANDERING IN THE DESERT
Photographic proof of the weaselfest (4/15a)
THE COUNT: SUPERSTARS TO SURPRISE AT COACHELLA?
The latest tidbits from the vibrant live sector (4/12a)
THE NEW UMG
Gosh, we hope there are more press releases.
TIKTOK BANNED!
Unless the Senate manages to make this whole thing go away, that is.
THE NEW HUGE COUNTRY ACT
No, not that one.
TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN PLAYLIST
Now 100% unlicensed!
Blighty Beat
U.K. CHARTS: PARTY FAVORS
2/9/24

The Last Dinner Party have posted the biggest opening week for a debut album by a band since 2015 to top the Official Albums Chart. At singles, Noah Kahan registers a sixth consecutive week at #1.

The Last Dinner Party’s Prelude to Ecstasy (Island) hits #1 on 32,800 chart unit sales in its first week. It’s the biggest sales week for a debut #1 since Years & Years moved 55k units of Communion nine years ago.

Prelude to Ecstasy is also the best seller in U.K. independent record shops this week. With more than 14k vinyl copies sold—which puts them at #1 on the Record Store and vinyl charts—it’s the highest sales week for a vinyl LP since OasisThe Masterplan re-release in November.

Meanwhile, Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Jamie Webster earns his third Top 10 and highest-charting album to date with 10 For The People (Modern Sky), which heads straight in at #2. Paul McCartney and WingsBand on the Run (Capitol) returns to the Top 40 for the first time since 2010, landing at #16—its highest placing since June 1975—following a special 50th anniversary Underdubbed Mixes reissue.

The self-titled debut album from singer/songwriter Dylan John Thomas’ on Ignition lands at #21 followed by Kula Shaker’s fourth Top 40 album, Natural Magick (Strange Folk), at #22.

Taylor Swift’s appearance on the Grammy Awards along with her announcement of a new album pushed several of her EMI albums up the Official Albums Chart: 1989 (Taylor’s Version) is #5; Album of the Year winner Midnights is up to #6; Folklore hits #10; Lover rises to 13; and reputation snags #14.

At singles, Kahan’s “Stick Season” has the longest consecutive week run at #1 since Dave & Central Cee’s “Sprinter” last summer. It once again ends the week as the most-streamed song in the country with 8.3m streams.

The steady rose of Benson Boone’s “Beautiful Things” (Warner) continues as it rises six slots to crack the Top 5. YG Marley’s self-released “Praise Jah in the Moonlight” is up 11 slots to #9. Justin Timberlake’s “Selfish” (RCA) is up eight slots to #29.

The Last Dinner Party’s “Nothing Matters” becomes their first Top 20 single, hitting #19.