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U.K. CHARTS: SWIFT SCORES EIGHTH CHART-TOPPER

Taylor Swift has secured her eighth U.K. Official Albums #1 with Red (Taylor’s Version) (EMI) on 72k in sales. Over on singles, Adele triumphs for a fifth week.

Red (Taylor’s Version) has overtaken Olivia Rodrigo’s SOUR (Polydor) to claim the biggest sales week for a female artist this year. The set surpasses first-week sales of the original Red album, which debuted at #1 in November 2012 on 62k.

Swift now matches Kylie Minogue for female solo artists with eight Official U.K. #1 albums; the only female artist to have more is Madonna, with 12. Swift is also the first and only female artist to have eight U.K. #1 albums this century.

Little Mix finishes at #4 with its greatest hits collection, Between Us (Columbia), and Rod Stewart’s The Tears of Hercules (East West/Rhino) is also new, at #5.

Idles score their third Top 10, with Crawler (Partisan) at #6, followed closely by Damon Albarn’s The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows (Transgressive) at #7.

The Wanted’s greatest hits collection, Most Wanted (Island), ends the week at #8, while An Evening With (Atlantic) from Anderson .Paak and Bruno MarsSilk Sonic is #9. The Guest List Edition of Minogue’s Disco (BMG) rounds out the Top 10.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart, Adele’s “Easy on Me” (Columbia) lands a fifth week at #1 on 67k in sales, including 7.6m streams. The track now ties with “Someone Like You” for Adele’s longest-running #1 single. Ed Sheeran’s “Shivers” (Atlantic) holds at #2.

Swift has the highest new entry this week, with “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)” at #3. She has two more tracks in the Top 40: “State of Grace (Taylor’s Version)” at #18 and “Red (Taylor’s Version)” at #22.

Sam Fender’s “Seventeen Going Under” (Polydor) jumps 13 places to a new peak of #9, while SwitchOTR’s “Coming for You” f/A1 x J1 (Sony) rises four to #10.

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Roasting.
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Stuffing.
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SANTA
Coming.
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