5SOS narrowly defeats Dua Lipa in album number 1


It was a very close battle between 5 Seconds of Summer and Dua Lipa for this week’s number 1 album; but it’s the Australian rock band that triumphs at the final whistle with their new album Calm.

The fourth album from 5SOS ranks first on this week’s official album charts, finishing just 550 units ahead of Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia. It’s the group’s second number 1 in the UK after Sounds Good Feels Good in 2015. See the full history of 5SOS’s official British maps here.

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83% of Calm’s total for week 1 came from physical sales, including 12,000 copies on tape. For Dua, Future Nostalgia performed uniformly on physical formats and in streaming, each contributing a little over 40% to its total. The album claims, however, the number 1 place on the official record of vinyl albums, shifting 3000 copies on wax.

Celebrating the news, 5SOS told Official Charts, “What an amazing achievement and what a true testament to the world’s brightest fan base. A British album number 1.

“For people who listen to our music, it is so difficult to describe the joy and fulfillment we get from writing music that you listen to and enjoy in your life. It’s a pleasure to be on such an iconic journey with you as we grow and our music advances to new areas of imagination. With the state the world is in right now, I hope our CALM album has brought you happiness and is a soundtrack to stimulate the escape from the confines of your room. CALM was created for this exact reason. All our love. Stay well and keep growing! “

Future Nostalgia – Dua’s second collection – takes the place of finalist and marks a personal record for the singer after peak number 3 of her eponymous debut album, which also appears in this week’s Top 40, up nine places in the number 19.

Skepta, Chip and Young Adz’s new collaborative album, Insomnia (3), completes a brand new Top 3 this week. The entry marks Skepta’s third album in the Top 10, Chip’s third and first in nine years, and a first for Young Adz (fourth with his work with D-Block Europe).

Rock giants Pearl Jam claim their ninth entry in the Top 10 with Gigaton, new at 6 years old; Canadian singer / producer Partynextdoor enters at 7 with his third album Partymobile; Elton John’s biggest hits, Diamonds, bounce from nine places to 10 after his charity concert at the show last Sunday.

Elsewhere, American rapper and singer Joyner Lucas enters number 16 with his debut album ADHD and Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem lands at number 32 with his third solo album Local Honey.

See the table of the 100 best official albums of the week in full


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