Lewis Capaldi scores the UK's fastest-selling album of 2019 so far: "It makes me so proud"

Lewis's debut album Divinely Uninspired to A Hellish Extent scores impressive opening week numbers.

Lewis Capaldi storms to Number 1 on this week’s Official Albums Chart with the biggest opening-week numbers for an album this year.

The Scotman’s debut collection, Divinely Uninspired to A Hellish Extent, notched up 89,506 combined sales to take the top spot, outperforming the rest of the Top 10 combined.

Lewis overtakes Ariana Grande, who previously held the fastest-seller of the year title after scoring Week 1 combined sales of 65,214 with her Thank U, Next album in February.

Physical sales account for 46% of Lewis’s opening-week figure, including 7,000 copies on vinyl, while 34% are streams and 20% are downloads. The album racked up 40.5 million plays across audio and video streaming platforms

Celebrating the news, Lewis told us: “It feels good. It feels like I’m going to make some money finally, after years of slogging. It makes me so proud to have made this album. Thank you for everyone who went out and bought it.”

Watch his reaction below (be warned, it’s quite sweary!):

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Behind Lewis, US rock band The National are new at Number 2 with their eighth album I Am Easy To Find, marking their fourth UK Top 5 album, while German heavy metal band Rammstein claim their first Top 10 album - their self-titled seventh record is a new entry at Number 3.

Tyler The Creator’s Igor is another new release at Number 4, while DJ Khaled’s Father of Asahd opens at Number 6. Both are their highest charting efforts in the UK to date.

Elsewhere in the Top 10, Slowthai’s debut record Nothing Great About Britain lands at 9, and Digga D’s new mixtape Double Tap Diaries debuts just outside the top tier at 11.

Further down, Carly Rae Jepsen’s third album Dedicated opens at Number 26, prog rock group Big Big Train enter at Number 35 with Grand Tour, and Biffy Clyro’s Balance, Not Symmetry soundtrack album is new at Number 36.

View this week's Official Albums Chart Top 100 in full

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The Death of Music


I think we're ignoring the fact Rammstein reached #3 - and in doing so became the first German speaking band to have a top 10 album in the UK.


Andy Holloway


And they say people aren't buying Physical anymore....
"Physical sales account for 46% of Lewis’s opening-week figure, including 7,000 copies on vinyl, while 34% are streams and 20% are downloads."




That is definitely noteworthy, but it doesn't really change the fact that last week album sales (including both physical and digital) were at 480,000, the lowest total since records began, and streams made up over 70% of the market.




when that picture popped up in the newsfeed,i thought it was some middle aged woman celebrating a shopping spree win!




Three simultaneous Top 10 singles & a #1 album in the same week is massively for a debut album!
I believe this is the first time that's happened since OCC introduced the ACR rule.
Congratulations Lewis! :)