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BIGGEST SELLERS
IN THE U.K. THIS YEAR

The U.K.’s biggest-selling albums through the first three quarters are a mixed bag of U.S. and 2017 releases, with George Ezra claiming the highest homegrown new entry and Anne-Marie (pictured) logging in the best-selling debut. Over on singles, Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa are behind Drake at #2.

In the Official Charts albums Top 10, Universal claims four titles: Mamma Mia—Here We Go Again (Polydor) at #4 on 256k combined sales; Drake’s Scorpion (Island) is #5 with 236k; Beerbongs & Bentleys (Island) by Post Malone is #6 and Sam Smith’s The Thrill of it All (Capitol) sits at #9. 

Warner has three Top 10 titles, two of which come from Atlantic—the top spot with The Greatest Showman soundtrack on 1.2m sales and the third with Ed Sheeran’s Divide on 427k so far in 2018. Dua Lipa’s self-titled 2017 debut from Warner Bros. is #7 on 186k. 

George Ezra is Sony’s biggest seller with his second album, Staying at Tamara’s (Columbia), at #2 on 435k sales, followed by last year’s Human (Columbia) by Rag’n’Bone Man at #10.

Arctic Monkeys have the only independent release in the Top 10, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino (Domino) at #7; it’s the second biggest selling new album from a British act. 

The year’s best-selling debuts start with Anne-Marie and Speak Your Mind (Atlantic) at #14, Camila Cabello’s Camila (RCA) at #22 and Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy (Atlantic) at #34. U.K. acts Jorja Smith, with Lost and Found (FAMM), and Calum Scott, with Only Human (Virgin EMI), sit outside the Top 40. 

Some observations: 2017’s Top 10 best-seller list had six albums from British acts released that same year, three of which were solo debuts. This year so far, the pendulum has swung in the way of big-selling U.S. releases—a sign of the global nature of streaming, or a lack of superstar new British talent?

When it comes to 2018’s best-selling singles so far, Drake rules with “God’s Plan” at #1 on 1.46m combined sales. It’s one of two Top 10 Universal singles—his “Nice for What” is at #6. 

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss” (Columbia) isn’t far behind at #2 on 1.39m with the first of three singles in the Top 10 from Sony.

That’s followed by another British hit, “These Days” (Atlantic) by Rudimental f/Macklemore, Jess Glynne and Dan Caplen on 1.25m. Overall, Warner boasts five Top 10 singles.

Official Albums Top 10 — 2018 to date

  1. The Greatest Showman (Atlantic)
  2. Staying at Tamara’s— George Ezra (Columbia)
  3. Divide— Ed Sheeran (Atlantic)
  4. Mamma Mia - Here We Go Again(Polydor)
  5. Scorpion— Drake (Island)
  6. Beerbongs & Bentleys —Post Malone (Island)
  7. Dua Lipa— Dua Lipa (Warner Bros.)
  8. Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino— Arctic Monkeys (Domino)
  9. The Thrill of it All— Sam Smith (Capitol)
  10. Human— Rag’n’Bone Man (Columbia)

Official Singles Top 10 — 2018 to date  

  1. “God’s Plan” — Drake (Island)
  2. “One Kiss” — Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa (Columbia)
  3. “These Days” — Rudimental, Jess Glynne and Macklemore (Atlantic)
  4. “This is Me” — The Greatest Showman (Atlantic) 
  5. “Shotgun” – George Ezra (Columbia)
  6. “Nice for What” — Drake
  7. “Perfect” — Ed Sheeran (Atlantic) 
  8. “Paradise” — George Ezra
  9. “IDGAF” — Dua Lipa (Warner Bros.)
  10. “Feel It Still” — Portugal, The Man (Atlantic)

 

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