Drake's Scorpion debuts at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart with bumper week of streams

Plus there are new entries from Florence + The Machine, Guns 'N Roses and Gorillaz on this week's chart.

Congratulations to Drake, whose new album Scorpion debuts at Number 1 on this week’s Official Albums Chart.

The rapper and singer’s eighth record shifted 64,000 across digital download and streaming equivalent sales to land his second chart-topping record in the UK, after 2016’s Views.

78% (50,000) of Scorpion’s sales came from streaming, giving Drake the second biggest ever opening week of streams for an album in UK chart history. Ed Sheeran’s Divide claims the biggest, posting 79,000 streaming sales in its opening week in March 2017.

The Top 5 biggest first-week streams for albums on the Official Chart are:

ARTIST

TITLE

STREAMS

ED SHEERAN

DIVIDE

79,000

DRAKE

SCORPION

50,000

DRAKE

MORE LIFE

36,000

POST MALONE

BEERBONGS & BENTLEYS

35,000

KENDRICK LAMAR

DAMN.

21,000

Source: Official Charts Company

Three tracks from Scorpion land inside this week’s Top 5 on the Official Singles Chart; Michael Jackson collaboration Don’t Matter To Me debuts at 2, followed by Nonstop at 4 and Emotionless at 5.

Drake denies Florence + The Machine her fourth consecutive Number 1 album – High As Hope debuts at Number 2 with just over 40,000 combined sales. Check out the Official Top 40 biggest albums of 2018 so far here.

Elsewhere in the Top 10, Gorillaz open at Number 5 with The Now Now, earning them a sixth Top 10 album, and Guns N’ Roses’ 1987 classic Appetite For Destruction is at 6 following a special boxset release. The band’s debut album peaked at Number 5 upon its original release.

Bullet For My Valentine’s sixth album Gravity lands at Number 13, and John Coltrane’s posthumous record Both Directions at Once – The Lost Album debuts at 15, becoming the late jazz legend’s first ever Top 20 album.

Official Charts Company CEO Martin Talbot said of the achievement: "It is quite remarkable that it has taken until 2018 for John Coltrane to register a chart hit album – and says everything about the British public’s love for classic, timeless jazz."

Further down, David Bowie live album Welcome To The Blackout charts at Number 16, while Graham Nash retrospective Over The Years (27), Let’s Eat Grandma’s second record I’m All Ears (28), and Paul Rodgers’ Free Spirit (30) all land inside the Top 40.

Finally, UK rapper K-Trap makes his Official Chart Top 40 debut at 37 with his new mixtape The Re-Up, and Military Wives Choirs’ Remember bows at 40.

View this week's Top 100 Official Albums Chart in full