Plus: The Lumineers’ “Cleopatra” debuts atop the U.K. albums chart.
The Lumineers‘ sophomore release Cleopatra, which looks set to become their first No. 1 on the Billboard 200, claimed the U.K. album crown on Friday (April 15). Plus, Drake scored his first singles chart-topper in the territory with “One Dance” (Cash Money/Republic/Universal), featuring Wizkid & Kyla.
Released on Decca/Universal in the U.K., Cleopatra won an extremely close sales race, beating Adele‘s 25 (XL Recordings) by just 301 combined sales. 25 rose 4-2 in the final standings from the Official Charts Company, as reunited female pop quartet All Saints returned at No. 3 with their new album Red Flag (London/Universal). That’s a significantly better start than the one enjoyed by their previous reunion Studio 1, which entered and peaked at No. 40 in 2006.
Popular classical vocalist and TV/radio presenter Aled Jones climbed 6-4 with One Voice (Decca/Universal), and there was a No. 5 debut for the Deftones‘ Gore (Reprise/Warner Music). That’s their best-ever album ranking in the U.K., beating the No. 7 peak of their self-titled 2003 release.
Drake hit No. 1 as a guest artist with Rihanna early in 2011, on “What’s My Name” (Def Jam/Universal), but “One Dance” is his first U.K. chart champion in his own right. The track climbed 21-1 on the new survey, with combined sales of 72,000 copies in the sales week to last night, some 5,500 ahead of Sia‘s “Cheap Thrills” (Monkey Puzzle/RCA/Sony), which held at No. 2.
Mike Posner‘s four-week reign on the singles chart with “I Took a Pill In Ibiza” (Universal Island) came to an end as it fell to No. 3, while Fifth Harmony‘s “Work From Home” (Syco Music/Sony) fell 3-4 and Zara Larsson‘s “Lush Life” (Record Company Ten/Epic/Sony) started a third week at No. 5. “Cake by the Ocean” (Republic/Universal) by DNCE broke into the top 10 with an 11-9 climb.