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NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS -- IT'S THE U.K. TOP 10

Butterfly Flies to #1; Rock Icons Mark Knopfler and Van Morrison Celebrate Strong New Releases

Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly proves to be an international success, bowing at #1 across the pond. Meanwhile, veteran singer/songwriter and Dire Straits frontman and lead guitarist Mark Knopfler celebrates a Top 3 debut for his ninth solo album.

Van Morrison's 35th studio album, Duets: Reworking the Catalogue, produced by Don Was and Bob Rock, debuts Top 5. The project features reworkings of songs from the Irish icon's catalogue, with help from guests like Bobby WomackSteve Winwood, the aforementioned Knopfler, Taj MahalMichael Buble, daughter Shana and more. Yeah, we're geeking out right now.

1. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp a Butterfly (Aftermath/Interscope)*
2. Sam SmithIn the Lonely Hour (Captiol)
3. Mark KnopflerTracker (EMI)*
4. Ed Sheeran, X (Asylum)
5. Van MorrisonDuets: Re-Working the Catalogue (RCA)*
6. Noel Gallagher's High Flying BirdsChasing Yesterday (Sour Mash)
7. MadonnaRebel Heart (Interscope)
8. George EzraWanted on Voyage (Columbia)
9. Taylor Swift1989 (EMI)
10. Marina & The DiamondsFroot (Atlantic)*

On the singles side, zero debuts make the Top 10, but Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney's "FourFiveSeconds" rockets into the Top 30 and BRITs Critic Choice Award winner (and current Vibe Raters artist) James Bay leaps #10-4 with "Hold Back the River." The latter also just jumped #10-7 at BBC Radio 1 and #6-4 at Heart Radio, while sitting in the Top 5 at BBC Radio 2.

Meanwhile, Sam Smith holds down the #1 spot for a second week with "Lay Me Down" featuring John Legend, as the track leaps #15-2 at BBC Radio 1, while Years & Years' "King" (#2 at Capital Radio) also holds its ground at #2.

1. Sam Smith f/John Legend, "Lay Me Down" (Capitol/Columbia)
2. Years & Years, "King" (Polydor)
3. Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney, "FourFiveSeconds" (Roc Nation)
4. James Bay, "Hold Back the River" (Virgin)
5. Ellie Goulding, "Love Me Like You Do" (Polydor)
6. Hozier, "Take Me to Church" (Ruby Works)
7. Flo Rida f/Sage The Gemini, "GDFR" (Atlantic)
8. Mark Ronson f/Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk" (Columbia)
9. The Weeknd, "Earned It" (Republic)
10. Maroon 5, "Sugar" (222/Interscope)

*debuts

HITS LIST: AMPERSANDS
Dynamic duos (12/3a)
TAYLOR'S TREMENDOUS YEAR
She'd make one helluva CEO. (12/3a)
THEY CALL THE WINDFALL MARIAH (HOLIDAY EDITION)
Ch-chingle bells (12/3a)
SONG REVENUE:
BOWS OF HOLLY
Adele is money. (12/3a)
UTA MUSIC EXPANDS IN NASHVILLE
Reshuffling the deck (12/3a)
CHESTNUTS
Roasting.
STOCKINGS
Stuffing.
PIPERS
Piping.
SANTA
Coming.
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