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U.K. CHARTS:
THE ROAD TO #1

The Beatles have returned to #1 on the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart with the 50th anniversary edition of Abbey Road (Apple Corps), setting a new record in the process. Over on singles, Tones & I's "Dance Monkey" (Parlophone) has hit the top on 50k combined chart sales. 

With 49 years and 252 days between today and the first time Abbey Road hit the top of the chart for a 17-week run in January 1970, the 50th anniversary edition of the album sets a new record with the longest break between its first and second time at #1. The Beatles have beaten themselves at their own record, which was previously held by their Sgt. Pepper’s album, which had a gap of 49 years and 125 days between 1967 and 2017. Abbey Road is also this week's best-seller on vinyl, shifting just under 9k copies. 

Lewis Capaldi rises four places to #3 with Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent (Virgin EMI) following his BBC Live Lounge performance, as his track "Bruises" zooms 71 places to #11, boosted by the release of a new remixes EP.

South London collective D-Block Europe claim the week’s highest new albums entry at #4 with their self-released mixtape, PTSD. They also score this week’s highest new entry on singles as "Playing For Keeps" f/Dave goes in at #21.

Elsewhere on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart, Tones & I’s "Dance Monkey" ends a nine-week climb to the top, reaching it with 50k combined sales, including 5.1m streams. The track entered the singles chart at #82 in August and this week leaps six places. It's the first #1 by an Australian artist in five years, since Iggy Azalea’s "Problem" (Island) with Ariana Grande.

Regard’s "Ride It" (Ministry of Sound) settles for second place, up three places this week. Further down, "Buss Down" (Since 93) by Aitch rebounds 10 places to #25 following the release of the track’s music video.

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