Taylor Swift’s Folklore scoops Number 1 for a third consecutive week on the Official Albums Chart. Folklore is Taylor’s fifth Number 1 but her first to hold on to the top spot for more than one week, this week finishing ahead by 6,000 chart sales.
Glass Animals enter at Number 2 with Dreamland, their third studio album. It’s the Oxford four-piece’s highest ever charting album, and first Top 10. Their previous collection How To Be A Human Being reached Number 23 in 2016. Dreamland also debuts at Number 1 on both the Official Vinyl Albums Chart and the Official Record Store Chart.
Also making a Top 5 debut, Deep Purple’s 21st studio album Whoosh! Enters at Number 4. It’s the legendary English rock band’s 11th Top 10 collection, and highest-charting in forty years, since 1980’s Deepest Purple which reached Number 1. Their 2017 album Infinite peaked at Number 6.
Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia climbs three to Number 7 following a surge in streams as fans gear up for Club Future Nostalgia: The Remix Album to be released on 28 August. Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours flies 10 places to Number 11, its highest chart placing since 2014.
Further down, K-pop boyband BTS debut at Number 35 with Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey. The album features Japanese versions of songs from their last three albums (two of which were UK Number 1s) and four new original tracks. It’s the group’s fourth UK Top 40 album.
Finally, George Michael’s 2006 greatest hits album Twenty Five leaps 14 places to Number 38, following the announcement of a nine-metre mural of the singer as part of the Brent Borough of Culture celebration; and George Ezra’s Staying at Tamara’s returns to the Top 40 this week, up 11 to Number 40.