Elton John’s The Lockdown Sessions storms to Number 1 on Official Albums Chart: "I am so proud of what we have created"

Plus there are big new entries for Lana Del Rey, Duran Duran and Biffy Clyro on this week's chart.

Congratulations to Elton John, whose new album The Lockdown Sessions lands straight in at Number 1 on the Official UK Albums Chart.

The Lockdown Sessions opens at the summit with 31,000 chart sales, 84% of which were physical (CD and vinyl) sales. It marks Elton’s second Number 1 in less than a month – two weeks ago his single Cold Heart (Pnau Remix) with Dua Lipa hit Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart.

The collection - which includes collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Lil Nas X, Stevie Nicks and Charlie Puth – earns Elton his eighth Number 1 album and first in nine years. View Elton John’s Official UK Chart history here.

Celebrating the news, Elton told OfficialCharts.com: "When I started collaborating with some of my favourite artists at the start of the pandemic, I couldn’t have dreamt in my wildest dreams it would lead to a Number 1 album.

"I am so proud of what we have created and thrilled that it has connected with our fans to such a degree. It shows the spirit of collaboration and togetherness that can still happen in the most trying circumstances. Thank you so much. Elton x"

Continuing Elton’s incredible run of success, his greatest hits album Diamonds holds inside the Top 20 at Number 18 – its 207th week in the Top 100.

Elton John with his Official Number 1 Album Award for The Lockdown Sessions (Rocket Entertainment)

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Elton John’s Number 1s on the Official Albums Chart

Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player (1973)
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
Caribou (1974)
Elton John’s Greatest Hits (1974)
Sleeping With The Past (1989)
The Very Best Of (1990)
Good Morning To The Night (2012)
The Lockdown Sessions (2021)

Behind Elton, Lana Del Rey’s eighth album Blue Banisters lands at Number 2 and claims the top selling album on vinyl this week, and Duran Duran’s Future Past is new at 3 - the band's highest-charting album since 2004's Astronaut. Biffy Clyro’s The Myth Of Happily Ever After enters at 4, while last week’s Number 1 Music Of The Spheres by Coldplay drops to 5.

Elsewhere in the Top 10, a 40th anniversary reissue of The Rolling Stones’ Tattoo You lands at 7, rising star Mimi Webb opens at 9 with her EP Seven Shades Of Heartbreak. Just outside the Top 10, Self-Esteem’s second record Prioritise Pleasure is new at 11.

Further down, A View From The Top Of The World by Dream Theater earns the US prog-metal band their seventh Top 40 at 21, and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ B-Sides & Rarities Pt II is new at 27.

Finally, as anticipation for Adele’s new album 30 builds, the star’s previous three albums all feature in the Top 40: 25 at Number 6, 21 at 13, and 19 at 35.

View this week's Top 100 Official Albums Chart