Hip-hop superstar Eminem has started his new album Revival at No. 1 in the U.K., launching his latest title with one of the largest opening weeks of 2017 across the pond. While Christmas is usually a very busy time for new releases, Eminem’s is the only entry inside the top 10 this week, as the other nine positions are all held by holdovers that have now been charting for weeks or months.
Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) has slipped from the top spot to the runner-up rung this frame. Had it not been for Eminem’s eighth leader, Sheeran would have claimed a perfect double during one of the most important weeks in the U.K., as his single “Perfect” (which serves as the fourth track spun off of Divide) is in charge for a third consecutive frame.
While Eminem and Ed Sheeran may see their names at Nos. 1 and 2 on the albums chart, the inverse is true on the singles tally, where Sheeran’s “Perfect” rules again, while Eminem’s “River” (which also features Sheeran) is new at No. 2.
Sam Smith’s sophomore album The Thrill of It All is down to No. 3, while internationally-adored pop singer Pink’s new record Beautiful Trauma is at No. 4. Steady in fifth place from last week is Rag’N’Bone Man’s debut full-length Human, which will end 2017 as one of the most successful titles in the U.K.
British vocalists Michael Ball and Alfie Boe keep their most recent collaborative collection Together Again inside the highest region, this week landing it at No. 6. That former leader comes in just ahead of Roy Orbison and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s A Love So Beautiful at No. 7, Paloma Faith’s The Architect at No. 8 and Little Mix’s Glory Days at No. 9. It’s beginning to seem as if that last title will never vacate the area, as it manages to maintain its standing week after week, even when the girl group isn’t promoting it properly any longer.
Back inside the uppermost tier on the listing is Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds with their latest record Who Built The Moon. The album, which became the latest No. 1for the former Oasis rocker and his new bandmates just this month, slipped outside of the top 10 fairly quickly, but likely thanks to holiday purchases, it is back, finding a home at No. 10 this frame.