| 05 Oct 2023
Jamie Lawson tops UK albums chart; followed by Ed Sheeran's 'X'

MUMBAI: Within two months of signing for Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records label, British singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson has topped the UK album chart with his self-titled album. The 39-year-old’s first major release, which is the label’s first signing, replaced Faithless’s ‘Faithless 2.0’ for the number one spot- with the latter slipping out of top 10 in its second week.

Lawson is not the only new entry in the top 10 albums chart. 2014 Brit Award nominee John Newman’s sophomore album ‘Revolve’ enters the chart at number three, sitting below Sheeran’s ‘X’, which completes its 70th consecutive week. ‘Revolve’ replaces Jess Glynne’s ‘I Cry When I Laugh’, knocking the 26-year-old’s debut effort one place down. Another new arrival is Peter Andre’s latest album ‘Come Fly With Me’, taking the artist’s latest work to number five.

The top 10 albums chart continue with the arrivals of American pop singer- Demi Lovato’s ‘Confident’ at number six, English alt-rock band- Nothing But Thieves’ self-titled album, and Jean Michel Jarre’s ‘Electronica -1- The Time Machine’ at seven and eight, respectively. Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’ slips three places to number nine, while The Weeknd’s ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ moves down two places, rounding up the top 10 albums. After spending four weeks in the top 10, David Gilmour’s ‘Rattle That Lock’ finishes 14th in its fifth week, three spots above Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’, which completes 52 weeks on the chart.

Luduvico Einaudi becomes the first classical composer in 20 years to have his album feature in the top 15. At number 12, it is the highest position the ‘Eros’ composer has reached, with his album ‘Elements’. Another debutant in top 15 is Scouting For Girls’ ‘Still Thinking About You’ at number 13. Another notable entry in top 40 is UK punk band- Slaves’ debut album ‘Are You Satisfied’ that climbs 163 places, after being nominated for the Mercury Prize, to reach number 38 - its highest position yet. The Top 40 chart also saw a notable slip from number 4 to 31 through Game’s ‘The Documentary 2’.

‘Turn The Music Louder’ by KDA ft Tinie Tempah and Katy B topped the UK Singles Chart, followed by One Direction’s ‘Perfect’. The two singles replace Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean’ and R City ft Adam Levine’s ‘Locked Away’, pushing the tracks to number five and nine, respectively. The top two singles have also topped the Downloads Chart. ‘Hotline Bling’ by Drake completes its 10th week on the chart, falling one place to number four. Sleepy Tom & Diplo’s ‘Be Right There’ zooms 83 positions upwards to enter the top 10 Singles Chart at number eight, behind Jamie Lawson’s ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’.

The Weeknd’s ‘The Hills’ continues to be longest running single in the top 10, after entering its 23rd week. The single is the third most downloaded track, followed by Sleepy Tom & Diplo’s ‘Be Right There’ and Jamie Lawson’s ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ at four and five, respectively.