Pharrell Williams claims first UK Number 1 album with GIRL

Pharrell Williams has knocked Bastille’s Bad Blood off the top of the Official Albums Chart to score his first ever UK Number 1 album.

Pharrell Williams has knocked Bastille’s Bad Blood off the top of the Official Albums Chart to score his first ever UK Number 1 album.

The British public’s love affair with Pharrell Williams is showing no sign of letting up! The US singer/songwriter and producer scores his first ever Number 1 album in the UK today with his second solo full-length, G I R L.

The news comes just a week after G I R L’s lead single, Happy, smashed though the million copies sales barrier to give Pharell his third UK million-selling single in less than twelve months.

According to the Official Charts Company’s sales data, G I R L has become the fastest selling artist album of 2014 so far, clocking up nearly 70,000 sales in the last seven days. It beats previous record holder, Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes, which sold over 48,000 copies during its first week on sale back in January.

Ellie Goulding climbs one place to Number 2 today with Halcyon, while Bastille’s Bad Blood slides two places to Number 3. This week’s Top 5 is completed by Swedish DJ and producer Avicii‘s True (up eight places to Number 4) and Arctic Monkey’s AM (down three places to Number 5).

New Entries

In addition to Pharrell WilliamsG I R L (Number 1) there are six other new entries on this week’s Official Albums Chart Top 40.

US rapper Rick Ross is new in at Number 11 today with his sixth solo album, Mastermind, while Tubular Bells star Mike Oldfield debuts one place behind him with his 25th album, Man On The Rocks (12).

A Great Big World enter at Number 16 with Is There Anybody Out There?. The New York duo are currently enjoying Top 10 success on the Official Singles Chart with their track Say Something FT Christina Aguilera.

And finally: Drive-By TruckersEnglish Oceans debuts at Number 34, We Are Scientists are new in at 36 with TV En Francais, and Rufus Wainright’s new Best Of collection, Vibrate, enters at 39.

The Official Albums Chart Top 10 is as follows. Click here to see the Official Albums Chart Top 100 in full after 7pm.

1 GIRL PHARRELL WILLIAMS
2 HALCYON ELLIE GOULDING
3 BAD BLOOD BASTILLE
4 TRUE AVICII
5 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
6 BEYONCE BEYONCE
7 PRISM KATY PERRY
8 IF YOU WAIT LONDON GRAMMAR
9 NIGHT VISIONS IMAGINE DRAGONS
10 SETTLE DISCLOSURE

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