Pop Smoke claimed the UK's biggest debut album of 2020 with Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon, OfficialCharts.com can confirm.
The posthumous record by the US rapper - released in July following his death in February - heads up the Top 10 debuts of the year with 222,000 chart sales.
Shoot For Stars debuted at Number 2 and became a staple of the Top 10 for five months, eventually reaching Number 1 some 12 weeks after its release to become the first debut album to hit the summit in 2020.
Speaking at the time it hit the top, Steven Victor, head of Pop Smoke's US label, Victor Victor, described reaching Number 1 as a "bittersweet" moment, adding: "London was a special place for Pop - it was a city that he connected with and was drawn to. A place that inspired him but also gave him a sense of peace.
"The album going to Number 1 in the UK is incredibly special, but bittersweet – not only is it a reflection of his relationship with 808-Melo and so many of his U.K.-based collaborators but really encapsulates what he aspired to do – to make music that inspires and resonated all over the world."
Behind Pop Smoke, the second biggest debut album of the year was KSI’s Dissimulation, which landed at Number 2 in May after a close battle for the top spot with The 1975.
Headie One dedicated his debut album his mother Edna.
Headie One’s chart-topping Edna is third, and D-Block Europe’s debut The Blueprint – Us vs. Them – a Number 2 in October – is fourth. US singer-songwriter Lauv rounds out the Top 5 with How I'm Feeling.
The biggest debut album released by a female artist this year was Ava Max’s Heaven & Hell, a Number 2 hit in October, while other popular debut records in 2020 were Louis Tomlinson’s Walls and Amanda Holden's Songs From My Heart.
The Official Top 10 biggest debut albums of 2020
|1||SHOOT FOR THE STARS AIM FOR THE MOON||POP SMOKE||1|
|4||THE BLUE PRINT - US VS THEM||D-BLOCK EUROPE||2|
|5||HOW I'M FEELING||LAUV||9|
|7||HEAVEN & HELL||AVA MAX||2|
|8||SONGS FROM MY HEART||AMANDA HOLDEN||4|
|9||HEAVEN OR HELL||DON TOLIVER||16|
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