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U.K. CHARTS: INDIES RULE

Arctic Monkey Alex Turner and sidekick Miles Kane still have star power on their home turf, despite a near eight-year break, as second album Everything You’ve Come to Expect (Domino) secures them their second U.K. #1 on the Official Albums Chart as The Last Shadow Puppets. The feat makes up one of four entries from the indie sector in this week’s Top 5 albums.


With vinyl hype reaching fever pitch ahead of Record Store Day next week, sales of Everything You’ve Come To Expect include 7k vinyl copies—outselling the first-week vinyl sales of Arctic Monkeys’ smash AM (the biggest-selling vinyl album of the decade). The TLSP album is Turner’s seventh consecutive #1 counting his work with the Monkeys, all of whose albums were released via Laurence Bell’s British-born independent label, Domino.

Warner newcomers Lukas Graham are #2 with their self-titled debut, while Pet Shop BoysSuper (X2) sits at #3. The fourth new entry in this week’s Official Albums Top 5 in Blighty is Kentucky (Mascot) by Black Stone Cherry at #5, with Adele falling two places to #4 with 25 (XL).

Mike Posner is still king of the Official Singles Chart with “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” (Island), logging a fourth stint at the summit with combined sales of 76k. It’s the most streamed song of the week with 4.1m plays.

Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” (Monkey Puzzle/RCA) is moving on up, climbing two places to #2 and securing the singer/songwriter a personal best as a headline artist in the U.K. Top 40. Elsewhere, Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home” (SYCO) drops to #3, Lukas Graham are at #4 with “7 Years” and Zara Larsson’s “Lush Life” (Black Butter/Epic/Ten) completes the Top 5. Marked out as a future hit earlier this week, Alan Walker moves up four places to #7 with “Faded” (Relentless).

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