Interscope’s Dermot Kennedy Conquers U.K. Album Chart ‘Without Fear’


Interscope/Universal singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy follows his “Outnumbered” hit with a No. 1 debut on the Official Charts Company's U.K. album chart for Without Fear. Tones & I's “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch) starts a second week atop the singles countdown.

Kennedy becomes the first Irish artist to top the U.K. album listings since Ronan Keating did so with Ronan in July 2000. “Outnumbered” itself makes its first top ten singles appearance with a 14-8 climb. The album knocks The Beatles' 50th anniversary Abbey Road reissue (Apple Corps/Universal) down to No. 2. 

Ed Sheeran's No. 6 Collaborations Project (Asylum/Warner Music) rebounds 6-3 as its latest hit “South of The Border,” featuring Camila Cabello and Cardi B, climbs 40-24. Post Malone's Hollywood's Bleeding album (Republic/Universal) is up 5-4 and Lewis Capaldi's Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (EMI/Universal) down 3-5.

U.S. singer-songwriter Summer Walker debuts at No. 7 in the U.K. with Over It (Interscope/Universal), as modern rock veterans Simple Minds start at No. 9 with Live In The City Of Angels (BMG). Recorded on their most recent tour, it extends the band's U.K. album chart span to 40 years and five months, since Life In A Day arrived in May 1979.

British rockers The Darkness are new at No. 10 for their fourth top ten album with Easter Is Cancelled (Cooking Vinyl). On the compilation chart, it's now 12 straight weeks at No. 1 for Now That's What I Call Music 103 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal). 

“Dance Monkey” has weekly combined units of 71,000, including 7.34 million streams, to stay at the top ahead of Travis Scott's “Highest In The Room” (Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic/Sony). That debuts at his best U.K. ranking of No. 2, as Regard's “Ride It” (Ministry of Sound) dips 2-3 and AJ Tracey's “Ladbroke Grove” (AJ Tracey) 3-4. Post Malone's “Circles” (Republic/Universal) climbs back another place to No. 5, where it previously peaked four weeks ago.