Ed Sheeran's No. 6 Collaborations Project (Asylum/Warner Music) becomes the fastest-selling album of the year so far in the U.K., debuting at No. 1 with 125,000 combined units. It's a double triumph for Sheeran, as the album's “Beautiful People” (Asylum/Columbia), with Khalid, moves 3-1 on the singles chart.
The Official Charts Company reports that Collaborations Project sold more than the rest of the top 30 combined on the new chart. Its performance was well spread over all formats, with 57,000 physical sales, 18,000 downloads and 70.2 million track streams.
Sheeran's domination of both the albums and singles countdowns is indisputable: his three previous albums are all in the new top 40, two of them in the top 20, with Divide up 9-7, X rising 41-18 and + up 84-37. Two more tracks from the new set are in the singles top five, with “Take Me Back To London,” featuring Stormzy, in at No. 3 and “Cross Me,” featuring Chance The Rapper and PnB Rock, back up 8-4.
Elsewhere on the album chart, Lewis Capaldi's Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (EMI/Universal) falls 1-2; Billie Eilish is up 4-3 with When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Interscope/ Universal); and Kylie Minogue's Step Back In Time — The Definitive Kylie Minogue (BMG/Rhino/Warner) dips 2-4.
The U.K. television launch of A Star Is Born on Sky Cinema helps the durable Interscope/Universal soundtrack rebound 25-5, in its 41st chart week. George Ezra's Staying At Tamara's (Columbia/Sony), in its 69th, is back up 10-8. There's a new entry at the compilations chart summit for Reggae Summer Soundsystem (Ministry of Sound).
“Beautiful People” is Sheeran's seventh U.K. No. 1 single, and it pushes last week's bestseller, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's “Señorita” (Syco Music/EMI/Universal), down to No. 2. Capaldi's “Hold Me While You Wait” slides 4-5. West London hip-hop artist A.J. Tracey's “Ladbroke Grove” (A.J. Tracey) is up 12-6, with “So High” (Since 93/Warner Records) by Mist featuring Fredo up 11-7 and “Wish You Well” (Ministry of Sound) by Sigala featuring Becky Hill improving 9-8.