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U.K. CHARTS: HITS ADD UP FOR ED

Ed Sheeran maintains his perfect record as his sixth album, (Subtract), is his sixth #1 on the Official Albums Chart. Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding remain #1 at singles for a fifth week.

Sheeran’s (Atlantic) becomes the fastest-selling album of 2023, shifting 76k chart units its opening week. The long-player is the bestselling vinyl album of the week, with 71% of its total in physical formats.

Subtract also sees Sheeran move ahead of The 1975 on the list of acts who've hit #1 with all of their studio releases. The ginger's run started in 2011 with +.

Other new arrivals on the chart include Manchester rapper TUNDE, whose debut, First Lap (Tunde), opens at #4. The Reckoning (Destruct) from former Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan debuts at #17, while Therapy?, the rock trio from Larne, Northern Ireland, registers its highest-charting album in 25 years, with Hard Cold Fire (Marshall) at #29.

A few records had interesting rebounds.

Post Malone’s The Diamond Collection (Mercury/Republic) leaped 11 places to a new peak of #15 as Posty kicked off the U.K. and Ireland leg of his Twelve Carat Tour. Taylor Swift’s Speak Now (Big Machine) re-entered the Top 40 for the first time in 13 years after she announced it would be her next re-recording project; the album is up 54 places to #23. And Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream (Virgin) returned to the Top 40 for the first time in a decade, at #38, following her performance at last weekend’s Coronation Concert.

At singles, Harris & Goulding’s “Miracles” (Columbia) holds onto the top slot, while David Kushner’s “Daylight” (Miserable Music) is snapping at its heels and Sheeran’s “Eyes Closed” is up three slots to #3.

Sheeran registers his 59th and 60th Top 40 singles as “Boat” rises to #15 and “Curtains” opens at #16. ATTRAKT’s FIFTY FIFTY, the first K-pop girl group to enter the Top 10, sees “Cupid” ascend to a new peak of #8.

Following the weekend’s coronation of King Charles III, The Krown Jewelz’ “Scrap the Monarchy” claims the week’s highest new entry at #9.

Florence + The Machine’s "Dog Days Are Over" returns to the Top 40 for the first time in 13 years thanks to its viral moment on TikTok, ignited by its use in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 3.

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