There’s a lot of love for Taylor Swift on the Official Chart this week as her latest album Lover lands straight in at Number 1 on the Official UK Albums Chart.
Taylor’s seventh record notched up 53,000 chart sales to take this week’s top spot, made up of 27 million track streams, 24,000 physical sales and 11,000 downloads.
Lover is Taylor’s fourth album to reach Number 1 in the UK, following Red (2012), 1989 (2014) and Reputation (2017). The star is the first female artist to land four chart-topping albums this decade, and one of seven acts in total – the others are Michael Bublé, One Direction, Robbie Williams, Olly Murs, Eminem and Ed Sheeran.
Meanwhile, Tottenham rapper Headie One claims his first Top 10 album with Music X Road at Number 5, and there are new personal bests on the chart for US rap collective Brockhampton with Ginger (11) and From Here by New Model Army (13), whose 15th studio album earns the Bradford rockers their highest chart entry in their 40th anniversary year.
Further down, Reading and Leeds festival headliners Post Malone and Foo Fighters enjoy a boost this week: the US rapper’s Beerbongs & Bentleys album rebounds 11 slots to Number 17, while Foo’s Greatest Hits hop six places to 27.
Finally, Massive Attack’s Mezzanine album returns to the Official Albums Chart Top 40 at Number 35 this week thanks to a 20th anniversary reissue. The album debuted at Number 1 in 1998 and features Top 40 singles Teardrop and Angel.