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U.K. CHARTS: HEAVY TRAFFIC FOR CAPALDI

Developing UMG act Lewis Capaldi has scored his first #1 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart with “Someone You Loved” (Virgin EMI) taking pole position on 58k combined sales nine weeks after it first entered the Top 100. Over on albums, Giggs is the highest new entry at #6.

Capaldi’s highest singles position to date was the #26 that previous single “Grace” charted at earlier in February; it rises to #24 today. Both songs are from his debut album, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, which arrives on 5/17.

After a close battle, Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man’s “Giant” (Columbia) settles for second place, finishing 1.9k combined sales behind Lewis, while last week’s #1, “7 Rings” (Island) by Ariana Grande, slips to #4.

P!nk claims this week’s highest new entry with “Walk Me Home” (RCA) at #8, while Tom Walker’s “Just You & I” (Relentless) rises nine to #10  following his BRITs British Breakthrough win.

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” (Polydor) rebounds 10 places to #11 after its Oscars win, and there are Top 20 breakthroughs for Blueface’s “Thotiana” (eOne), up seven to #15, and Lauv Troye Sivan’s “I’m So Tired” (Kobalt), rising five to #17.

On the Official Albums chart, Ariana is #1 for a third week with thank u, next finishing 5k combined sales ahead of The Greatest Showman ST (Atlantic). 

Big Bad (Island), the fifth album from London rapper Giggs, ends at #6 while Sleaford Mods land their first ever Top 10 album with Eton Alive (Extreme Eating) at #9.

Further down, The BRITs force is in effect: The 1975’s A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships (Dirty Hit/Polydor) rises 13 places to #10, P!nk’s Greatest Hits…So Far! flies up 37 to #18, Jorja Smith returns to the Top 40 with Lost & Found (FAMM) at #27 andJ ess Glynne’s I Cry When I Laugh (Atlantic) jumps 12 places to #38.

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