Dr Dre tops this week’s Official Albums Chart with his first record in 16 years, Compton.
The album, which features collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Xzibit, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and Eminem, outperformed its nearest competitor - Frank Turner’s Positive Songs For Negative People (2) - by over 28,000 combined chart sales at the final whistle.
Dre’s last LP release - 1999’s 2001 - reached a peak of Number 4, while his debut The Chronic’s (1992) highest UK chart position was Number 43.
Elsewhere, Ed Sheeran’s x climbs one place to Number 3 this week, followed by Years & Years’ Communion (4) and Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour (5).
New entries and high climbers
British rock group Don Broco score their highest charting album to date with Automatic (6), while Canadian singer-songwriter Mac Demarco lands his first UK Top 40 with Another One (24).
House producer Julio Bashmore’s debut release Knockin’ Boots (25) and US heavy metal band Fear Factory’s ninth album Genexus (31) both also enter the chart today. Plus Italian-English folk singer Jack Savoretti scores this week’s highest climber with Written In Scars, leaping 53 places to re-enter the Top 40 (14).
Finally, Cilla Black’s The Very Best Of climbs six places to Number 8 this week. The album re-entered the Top 20 for the first time in 32 years last week as fans paid tribute to the star following her sad passing on August 1. The album marks Cilla’s highest charting album in 47 years, trailing 1968’s Sher-oo which peaked at Number 7.
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