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U.K. CHARTS:
EZRA RISES UP

George Ezra has posted the highest opening-week figure for an album this year as his second full-length Staying At Tamara’s (Columbia) opens at #1 on the Official Album Chart on 63K combined sales. It ends The Greatest Showman’s 11-week run at #1.

It’s Ezra second #1: His debut, Wanted On Voyage, topped the chart in 2014 and returns this week to #15. In addition, his single, “Paradise,” climbs three places to #2, sitting right behind Rudimental’s “These Days.”

Columbia Records U.K. President Ferdy Unger Hamilton said, “George has worked incredibly hard to make this album, so it’s amazing to see him achieve a #1. It’s great that it has sold so many in its first week but I really think we will be with this record all year and well into 2019.”

Ezra kicked off his sold-out U.K. tour in Leeds on Thursday and is at Manchester tonight, before taking on shows in Edinburgh, Nottingham, Birmingham and London’s Brixton Academy.

The albums Top 10 also welcomes Over and Out (Ear Music) from the late Rick Parfitt of Status Quo at #4, Jack White’s Boarding House Reach (Third Man/XL) at #5, Kidz Bop Summer ’18 (Razor & Tie) at #8 and Lissie’s fourth album, Castles (Cooking Vinyl), at #9.

Showman and Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Atlantic) each drop a slot, to #2 and #3 respectively.

After a mammoth seven consecutive weeks at #2, Rudimental f/Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen’s “These Days” (Asylum) finally moves into the catbird seat. It is Ridentl’s third #1. For Glynne, it’s her sixth U.K. chart topper, the most for a British female solo artist in history.

Elsewhere, Lil Dicky cracks the Top 10 with “Freaky Friday f/Chris Brown (Commission) climbing 11 places to #5. Sigala & Paloma Faith’s “Lullaby” is up three spots to #9 and Island’s Shawn Mendes scores the two highest new entries of the week: “In My Blood” at #13 and “Lost In Japan” at #30.

 

 

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