The Weeknd scores second UK Number 1 album with After Hours

Meanwhile, Kenny Rogers hits and love songs album reaches new peak following his death

The Weeknd delivers a blinding performance on this week’s Official Albums Chart as he lands his second UK Number 1 album with After Hours.

With 26,000 chart sales - 78% of which is made up by streaming equivalent sales - After Hours more than doubles the performance of its closest rival, Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent.

After Hours is the Canadian’s second Number 1 album in the UK, following 2015’s Beauty Behind The Madness. View The Weeknd’s Official UK Chart history in full here.

Meanwhile, Morrissey debuts at Number 3 with I Am Not A Dog On A Chain, his 15th Top 10 as a solo artist. The late Kenny Rogers reaches the Top 10 with All the Hits & All New Love Songs at Number 6, a new peak for the 1999 album, following his death aged 81 on March 20.

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Mancunian rock band The Slow Readers Club land their highest charting album yet with The Joy of the Return, debuting at Number 9, while previously unreleased David Bowie EP Is It Any Wonder? enters at Number 10 following its release on vinyl  - the week’s biggest seller on black wax.

Childish Gambino’s new album 3.15.20 lands at Number 20 after being surprise-released mid-week on March 22; Nottingham rap duo Young T & Bugsey arrive at Number 25 with their first full-length mixtape Plead the 5th. Finally, US pop newcomer Conan Gray enters at 30 with his debut album Kid Krow.

See the full Official Albums Chart Top 100