Congratulations to Michael Kiwanuka, who scores a momentous Number 1 on this week’s Official Albums Chart – the exact day the chart celebrates its 60th birthday.
The soul musician’s second record Love & Hate debuts straight in at the top, beating his previous peak of Number 4 with his 2012 debut Home Again.
Kiwanuka unveiled a stunning rendition of Love & Hate’s closing number Final Frame, shot at London’s RAK studios, exclusively on Official Charts this week. Click to play the video below:
As part of the chart’s 60th anniversary celebrations, we crowned Paul McCartney as the ‘king of albums’ – the UK’s most successful albums artist. Click here to read the full story
Meanwhile, Adele’s 25 album hols at Number 2 this week, marking its 31st week in the Top 10, and Christine & The Queens leap five spots to hit a new peak at 3 with Chaleur Humaine.
Rounding off this week’s Top 5 are Drake’s Views (4) and Coldplay’s A Head Full Of Dreams (5).
New entries and high climbers
A number of classic records currently on promotion in over 600 selected retailers as part of the 60th anniversary of the Official Albums Chart celebrations (based on the UK’s 60 biggest selling records) make big gains this week. The first is Bob Marley & The Wailer’s Legend, which zooms 31 places to Number 8 – its first appearance in the Top 10 in 32 years.
Others classic climbers are Ed Sheeran’s X at Number 17, Abba’s Gold at 30 (up 45 places), and Queen’s Greatest Hits, up 33 spots to 39.
Elsewhere, Good Charlotte earn their fourth Top 20 album with Youth Authority, new at 13, and Jeff Beck’s first album in six years Loud Hailer enters at 27.
Finally, Gregory Porter’s debut Liquid Spirit re-enters the Top 40 at 29 (up 60 places), and Taylor Swift’s 1989 jumps 30 spots to 37.