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U.K. CHARTS: ADELE'S NEW RECORD
10/22/21

Adele’s “Easy on Me” (Columbia) has set a new record for streams as it hits #1 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart while Coldplay’s Music of the Spheres scores the top spot on albums.

With 24m streams in the U.K. this week, the track breaks a record set by Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” (Island), which racked up 16.9m on release in 2019. “Easy on Me” has the biggest week of digital download sales in 2021 so far with 23.5k.

With 217.3k total chart sales, “Easy on Me” has registered the highest week one sales figure since Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” (Atlantic) hit the top on 226.8k sales in January 2017.

All the Adele excitement has sent two of her previous hits back into the Top 40: “When We Were Young” (XL) lands at #25 while “Someone Like You” bows at #34. On albums, her 25 jumps three places to #3, 21 is up eight to #6 and 19 rises 39 places to #15.

Elsewhere on singles, Coldplay’s BTS collaboration, “My Universe” (Parlophone), is up 10 places to #5 while their “Let Somebody Go” with Selena Gomez enters at #24 and “Higher Power” rebounds to #26.

On the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart, Music of the Spheres claims the fastest-selling album of 2021 with 101k sales, becoming Coldplay’s ninth consecutive #1 album.

The set is the first to surpass 100k sales in a week since Sheeran’s No.6 Collaborations Project scored 125k in July 2019. Of Coldplay’s total sales, 85% were physical and download, including 12.4k on vinyl.

The Super Deluxe Edition of The Beatles’ final album, Let It Be (UMG), returns to the Top 10 for the first time in 50 years at #2, and Daniel O’Donnell’s celebratory 60 (Demon) debuts at #4.

That's followed by the debut from South London newcomer Joy Crookes, Skin (Insanity), at #5, while Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes earn their third Top 10 album with Sticky (AWAL) at #8.

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