The Specials Hit U.Ok. Album Summit With ‘Encore’


In one of many extra dramatic chart returns of current reminiscence, reunited ska band The Specials have the brand new No. 1 album within the U.Ok. with Encore (UMC/Universal). 

Encore is The Specials' first album of latest music for 37 years and their first-ever U.Ok. No. 1 album. Finishing simply over 1,000 mixed items forward, they win a close-run race with Busted, the prolific hitmakers of the primary half of the 2000s, who reformed in 2015. The pop band's Half Way There (East West/Warner Music) enters at No. 2, marking the third time Busted have narrowly missed the album summit. Their first two albums, their eponymous 2002 debut and 2003's A Present For Everyone, each peaked within the runners-up spot.

The Greatest Showman (Atlantic/Warner) falls 2-Three as former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown's seventh solo album Ripples (EMI/Universal) begins at No. four. London rapper Fredo's first full-length album Third Avenue (Since 93) is available in at No. 5. Claire Richards, previously a member of U.Ok. chart regulars Steps, opens her solo account with a No. 9 entry for My Wildest Dreams (Sony). 

On the singles chart, Ariana Grande's “7 Rings” (Republic/Universal) tops for a 3rd week. Grande's mixed items of practically 72,000 imply that she continues to paved the way in an unchanged prime 4, with Ava Max's “Sweet But Psycho” (Atlantic/Warner) at No. 2, Sam Smith's “Dancing With A Stranger” (Capitol/Universal), that includes Normani, at No. Three and Calvin Harris' “Giants” (Columbia/Sony), that includes Rag 'n' Bone Man, at No. four. 

Mabel's “Don't Call Me Up” (Polydor/Universal) climbs once more 7-5, whereas rising 17-year-old American artist Billie Eilish has the very best new entry of the singles week, at No. 7, with “Bury A Friend” (Interscope/Universal).