This year has been huge for debut albums, with three featuring in the Top 10 biggest releases of 2019 so far.
At the halfway point of the year, Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent is the second biggest album of 2019 with 229,000 combined sales. Lewis trails the Greatest Showman’s cast recording, which continues to rule the roost on 381,000 combined sales in 2019 (2 million in total). The motion picture soundtrack leads the way across all formats - physical, streaming and downloads.
Lewis’ first LP has so far spent five weeks atop the Official Albums Chart, blocking the likes of The National, Skepta, Jonas Brothers and Will Young from Number 1. The Scotsman’s debut is currently the year’s fastest-selling, notching up 89,506 combined sales in its opening week.
Another big debut album is Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, landing in sixth (200,000). Released in March, it was a record-setting album that made her the youngest female in albums chart history to hit the top spot in the UK. Tom Walker also rocketed to the top of the charts in March when he released What A Time To Be Alive – his album is the ninth biggest overall (167,000) and is the third best-seller on physical formats.
Dave’s debut album Psychodrama is not far behind in 16th place; the collection beat albums from Foals, Dido and Sigrid to Number 1 in March and logged the most streams ever in a single week for a British rap album. Another British rapper AJ Tracey rounds out the Top 5 debut records of 2019’s first six months with his self-titled set (30).
Meanwhile, George Ezra’s 2018 chart-topper Staying at Tamara’s is currently the year’s third biggest album (226,000), while 2019 releases Thank U, Next by Ariana Grande (226,000) and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody movie soundtrack (221,000) round out the Top 5 at fourth and fifth respectively. Ariana’s album is her third UK Number 1 and picked up the most week 1 streams so far in 2019, as well as the biggest week of streams ever for a female artist album.
Another international artist who collected a third UK Number 1 album in 2019 was Pink; her eighth studio release Hurts 2B Human places 13th in the year-to-date chart. The record secured the year’s biggest week of downloads for a female artist and spent three weeks at the helm of the Official Chart.
Other albums that went to Number 1 in 2019 and feature in the year’s Top 40 biggest albums so far are: Jack Savoretti’s Singing To Strangers (17); Western Stars (27), the year’s fastest-selling artist album on physical, by Bruce Springsteen; The Specials’ Encore (33); BTS’ Map of the Soul: Persona (34) - the first K-pop album to hit the top spot; and Amo from Bring Me The Horizon (35).
The Official Top 40 biggest albums of 2019 so far:
|1||THE GREATEST SHOWMAN||MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING||1|
|2||DIVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT||LEWIS CAPALDI||1|
|3||STAYING AT TAMARA'S||GEORGE EZRA||1|
|4||THANK U NEXT||ARIANA GRANDE||1|
|5||BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - OST||QUEEN||3|
|6||WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO||BILLIE EILISH||1|
|7||A STAR IS BORN||MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING||1|
|8||WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE||TOM WALKER||1|
|9||ALWAYS IN BETWEEN||JESS GLYNNE||1|
|11||THE PLATINUM COLLECTION||QUEEN||2|
|12||50 YEARS - DON'T STOP||FLEETWOOD MAC||5|
|13||HURTS 2B HUMAN||PINK||1|
|14||DON'T SMILE AT ME||BILLIE EILISH||12|
|15||DUA LIPA||DUA LIPA||3|
|17||SINGING TO STRANGERS||JACK SAVORETTI||1|
|18||BEERBONGS & BENTLEYS||POST MALONE||1|
|22||MAMMA MIA - HERE WE GO AGAIN||MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING||1|
|23||WHAT IS LOVE||CLEAN BANDIT||9|
|24||YOU KNOW I KNOW||OLLY MURS||2|
|27||WESTERN STARS||BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN||1|
|28||GOLD - GREATEST HITS||ABBA||1|
|29||A BRIEF INQUIRY INTO ONLINE||1975||1|
|30||AJ TRACEY||AJ TRACEY||3|
|31||CURTAIN CALL - THE HITS||EMINEM||1|
|34||MAP OF THE SOUL - PERSONA||BTS||1|
|35||AMO||BRING ME THE HORIZON||1|
|36||TIME FLIES - 1994-2009||OASIS||1|
|40||STILL ON MY MIND||DIDO||3|
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The Official Top 10 biggest debut studio albums released in 2019:
|1||DIVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT||LEWIS CAPALDI||1|
|2||WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO||BILLIE EILISH||1|
|3||WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE||TOM WALKER||1|
|5||AJ TRACEY||AJ TRACEY||3|
|9||FATHER OF 4||OFFSET||19|
|10||A PLACE WE KNEW||DEAN LEWIS||37|
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These charts are based on combined physical, download and streaming equivalent sales from Week 1 to Week 26 2019.