The fastest-selling debut albums of the decade so far

The 10 acts that smashed it straight out of the gate with their debut album.

While most acts take a slow and steady approach when it comes to building a loyal fanbase, a few are lucky enough to score big sales straight out of the gate with their debut album.

One such act is Rag'n'Bone Man, who notched up an impressive 117,000 sales of his first collection Human this week to give him the fastest-selling debut for a male act this decade.

Below are the Top 10 acts that have managed to pull a similar trick with their debut offerings this decade... 

One Direction 

Unbelievably, One Direction's debut album didn't reach Number 1 on the Official Chart (it peaked at 2), but it still managed to sell a lot in it's opening week - 139,000 to be more precise, making it the UK's fastest-selling debut album of the decade so far. Find out who kept them off the top spot that week here

Olly Murs

Another debut that didn't reach Number 1 but still managed to score massive sales is Olly's self-titled collection, entering at Number 2 in December 2010 with 108,000 copies sold.

Lana Del Rey

Not even a mini media backlash could stop her debut album Born To Die scoring huge first week sales back in 2012, notching up 117,000 sales in its first seven days. The collection outsold the rest of the Top 5 that week and went on to become the fourth best-seller of that year.

MORE: Lana Del Rey's complete Official UK Chart history

Emeli Sande

Emeli broke records left, right and centre with her debut set Our Version Of Events. As well as notching up a mighty 113,000 sales in its opening week, it was the biggest selling album of 2012, logging ten non-consecutive weeks at Number 1 over the course of a year.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Anticipation was high over Noel’s first post-Oasis album, which saw him form a new band with his High Flying Birds. The self-titled record shifted 122,500 in its opening week in October 2011, some 52,000 more than the second highest new entry that week, Letters by X Factor winner Matt Cardle.

Rebecca Ferguson

Rebecca's debut album Heaven may not have topped the charts, but that didn't stop it racking up huge sales in its opening week in December 2011. The collection landed at Number 3 with week one sales of 128,000, finishing only second to One Direction as the decade's fastest-selling debut. Find out what kept off the top spot that week here.

The UK's Official fastest-selling debut albums of the decade so far

POS TITLE ARTIST YEAR CHART PEAK WEEK 1 SALES
1 UP ALL NIGHT ONE DIRECTION 2011 2 139,000
2 HEAVEN REBECCA FERGUSON 2011 3 128,000
3 NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS 2011 1 123,000
4 HUMAN RAG'N'BONE MAN 2016 1 117,000
5 BORN TO DIE LANA DEL REY 2012 1 117,000
6 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE 2012 1 113,000
7 OLLY MURS OLLY MURS 2010 2 108,000
8 WHO YOU ARE JESSIE J 2011 2 106,000
9 AS YOU WERE LIAM GALLAGHER 2017 1 103,000
10 + ED SHEERAN 2011 1 102,000

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