Dua Lipa's Radical Optimism scores biggest opening week for British female since Adele

The Radical Optimism pays off
Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa reaps the rewards of all that Radical Optimism this week, as her third studio album nets the biggest opening week for a British female artist in three years.

Radical Optimism, Dua’s first LP to debut at the summit, shifted a total of 46,300 chart units in its first seven days; the most for any British female since Adele’s November 2021 chart-topper 30.

Dua’s album also boasts the biggest opening week of any British act overall so far this year, surpassing Liam Gallagher and John Squire’s eponymous LP, which managed a first-week total of 39,400 in March.

Radical Optimism becomes Dua’s first LP to debut at Number 1 in the UK. 2020 record Future Nostalgia peaked at Number 1 in its second week on chart. Self-titled 2017 debut Dua Lipa reached Number 3 but showed extraordinary staying power, with 354 weeks on the Official Albums Chart (and counting).

This week’s best seller on vinyl, Radical Optimism also tops the Official Vinyl Albums Chart.

What better way to celebrate than with a headline Glastonbury Pyramid Stage performance next month, eh?

Dua Lipa

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As Taylor Swift brings The Eras Tour to Europe, former Number 1 The Tortured Poets Department is down one after a two-week stint at the summit (2).

Frank Turner secures a sixth Top 10 album with latest LP UNDEFEATED this week (3). Celebrating its release, Frank achieved a world record for the most gigs played over 24 hours last weekend; completing 15 shows across the country in aid of Music Venue Trust.

Previously, Frank enjoyed Top 10 success with 2013’s Tape Deck Heart (2), 2015’s Positive Songs For Negative People (2), 2018 release Be More Kind (3), 2019’s No Man’s Land (3) and 2022 chart-topper FTHC

UNDEFEATED also tops this week’s Official Record Store Chart; the best seller of the past seven days in UK independent record shops.

Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones scores a solo career-best with his second studio record Inevitable Incredible (6), exceeding the peak of debut solo release Don’t Let The Devil Take Another Day (8).

As the pop icons celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Eurovision Song Contest win with Waterloo, ABBA’s chart stalwart Gold: Greatest Hits lifts back into the Top 10 in its 1149th week on chart (9). 

Congratulations are in order for Greater London singer-songwriter Rachel Chinouriri, whose debut LP What A Devastating Turn Of Events secures a Top 20 placing this week (17).

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London-formed rockers The Karma Effect also enjoy their first-ever Official Albums Chart appearance with debut LP Promised Land (19).

Camera Obscura are a brand-new entry with sixth record Look To The East, Look To The West (36). The indie-pop outfit’s third Top 40 appearance follows 2009’s My Maudlin Career (32) and 2013’s Desire Lines (39).

And finally, Birmingham-born rapper KayMuni sees his debut mixtape Signed To The T land inside the Top 40 (37). 

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