The australian psychedelic music project Tame Impala performing live at Lowlands Festival 2019 on 18 … [+] August 2019 in Biddinghuizen, Netherlands. (Photo by Roberto Finizio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
It was a close race for the highest spot on the U.K. albums chart, but after all the sales and streams were counted, Justin Bieber has been declared the winner with his new album Changes opening in the highest rung. The Canadian pop singer apparently won by only 150 equivalent units, a tiny margin for any nation.
Behind the star, two other new releases find their way into the top 10 upon arrival, and one made a serious play for the No. 1 spot.
Despite tough competition from the title that ended up settling for third place, Lewis Capaldi’s extremely popular debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent holds at No. 2 once again. The set has now been on the chart for 40 weeks, and it has spent all 40 of those somewhere inside the top 10. In fact, only three of those frames were outside the top five.
New at No. 3 is Tame Impala’s The Slow Rush, which was actually in a big rush to drive as high as it could on the tally. The set matches the No. 3 high point established by their last album, 2015’s Currents, and they now claim just a pair of top 10s. Three songs from the set have broken onto the singles ranking in the country, with lead cut “Borderline” lifting to No. 78, while more recent releases “Lost in Yesterday” and “Breathe Deeper” made it to Nos. 89 and 59, respectively.
Back inside the top five is Billie Eilish’s debut When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which benefits from her win at the BRIT Awards, her performance at the ceremony and a general improvement of awareness as she rules the singles chart with her Bond theme song “No Time to Die,” her first No. 1 in the U.K.
New pop band New Hope Club haven’t been able to produce a serious hit single yet, but clearly they already have a sizable fan base, as their first full-length, a self-titled effort, kicks off at No. 5.
The lower half of the top 10 this week is occupied by four former chart-toppers and one that narrowly missed the mark, even though many would have predicted it to rule. Eminem’s surprise release Music to Be Murdered By slides to No. 6, Stormzy’s Heavy is the Head keeps at No. 7, Harry Styles’ Fine Line lands at No. 8, Ed Sheeran’s sturdy No.6 Collaborations Project falls four rungs to No. 9 and J Hus’ Big Conspiracy dips half a dozen spots to tenth place.