UK Albums Chart

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The Official Albums Chart is a list of albums ranked by physical and digital sales and (from March 2015) audio streaming in the United Kingdom. UK Albums Chart_sentence_0

It was published for the first time on 22 July 1956 and is compiled every week by the Official Charts Company (OCC) on Fridays (previously Sundays). UK Albums Chart_sentence_1

It is broadcast on BBC Radio 1 (top 5) and published in Music Week magazine (top 75), and on the OCC website (top 100). UK Albums Chart_sentence_2

To qualify for the Official Albums Chart, the album must be the correct length and price. UK Albums Chart_sentence_3

It must be more than three tracks or 20 minutes long and not be classed as a budget album. UK Albums Chart_sentence_4

A budget album costs between £0.50 and £3.75. UK Albums Chart_sentence_5

Additionally, various-artist compilation albums – which until January 1989 were included in the main album listing – are now listed separately in the "Official Compilation Chart". UK Albums Chart_sentence_6

Full details of the rules can be found on the OCC website. UK Albums Chart_sentence_7

According to the canon of the OCC, the official British albums chart was the Record Mirror chart from 22 July 1956 to 1 November 1958; the Melody Maker chart from 8 November 1958 to March 1960; the Record Retailer chart from 1960 to 1969; and the Official Albums Chart from 1969 on. UK Albums Chart_sentence_8

For eight weeks in February and March 1971 no Official Albums Chart was compiled due to a postal strike - for this period, the OCC uses the chart compiled by Melody Maker instead. UK Albums Chart_sentence_9

In the 1970s the new album chart was revealed at 12:45 pm on Thursdays on BBC Radio 1, and then moved to 6:05 pm (later 6:30 pm) on Wednesday evenings during the Peter Powell and Bruno Brookes shows. UK Albums Chart_sentence_10

In October 1987 it moved to Monday lunchtimes, during the Gary Davies show, and from April to October 1993 it briefly had its show from 7:00–8:00 pm on Sunday evenings, introduced by Lynn Parsons. UK Albums Chart_sentence_11

Since October 1993 it has been included in The Official Chart show from 4:00 – 5:45 pm on Fridays (previously from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Sundays). UK Albums Chart_sentence_12

A weekly 'Album Chart' show was licensed out to BBC Radio 2 and presented by Simon Mayo, until it ended on 2 April 2007. UK Albums Chart_sentence_13

Though album sales tend to produce more revenue and, over time, act as a greater measure of an artist's success, this chart receives less media attention than the UK Singles Chart, because overall sales of an album are more important than its peak position. UK Albums Chart_sentence_14

2005 saw a record number of artist album sales with 126.2  million sold in the UK. UK Albums Chart_sentence_15

In February 2015, it was announced that due to the falling sales of albums and rise in popularity of audio streaming, the Official Albums Chart would begin including streaming data from March 2015. UK Albums Chart_sentence_16

Under the revised methodology, the Official Charts Company takes the 12 most streamed tracks from one album, with the top-two songs being down-weighted in line with the average of the rest. UK Albums Chart_sentence_17

The total of these streams is divided by 1000 and added to the pure sales of the album. UK Albums Chart_sentence_18

This calculation was designed to ensure that the chart rundown continues to reflect the popularity of the albums themselves, rather than just the performance of one or two smash hit singles. UK Albums Chart_sentence_19

The final number one album on the UK Albums Chart to be based purely on sales alone was Smoke + Mirrors by Imagine Dragons. UK Albums Chart_sentence_20

On 1 March 2015, In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith became the first album to top the new streaming-incorporated Official Albums Chart. UK Albums Chart_sentence_21

The first number one on the UK Albums Chart was Songs for Swingin' Lovers! UK Albums Chart_sentence_22

by Frank Sinatra for the week ending 22 July 1956. UK Albums Chart_sentence_23

As of the week ending 17 December 2020, the UK Albums Chart has had 1219 different number one albums. UK Albums Chart_sentence_24

The current number one album is Weird! UK Albums Chart_sentence_25

by Yungblud. UK Albums Chart_sentence_26

Record holders UK Albums Chart_section_0

The most successful artists in the charts depend on the criteria used. UK Albums Chart_sentence_27

As of February 2016, Queen albums have spent more time on the British album charts than any other musical act, followed by The Beatles, Elvis Presley, U2 and ABBA. UK Albums Chart_sentence_28

By most weeks at number one, The Beatles lead with a total of 176 weeks, and the most number one albums of all with 15. UK Albums Chart_sentence_29

The male solo artist with the most weeks at number one is Presley with a total of 66 weeks. UK Albums Chart_sentence_30

Presley also holds the record for the most number one albums by a solo artist (13) and most top ten albums by any artist (53). UK Albums Chart_sentence_31

Madonna has the most number one albums (12) by a female artist in the UK, though this includes the Evita film soundtrack which was a cast recording and not strictly a Madonna album. UK Albums Chart_sentence_32

Adele is the female solo artist with the most weeks at number one, with a total of 37 weeks. UK Albums Chart_sentence_33

Spice Girls are the female group with the most weeks at number one, with a total of 18 weeks for Spice (15 weeks) and Spiceworld (3 weeks). UK Albums Chart_sentence_34

Queen's Greatest Hits is the best-selling album in UK chart history, with six million copies sold as of February 2014. UK Albums Chart_sentence_35

Previous first-place holder The Beatles' Sgt. UK Albums Chart_sentence_36 Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is now in third-place after being supplanted by Queen and then by ABBA's Gold: Greatest Hits. UK Albums Chart_sentence_37

Both albums have sold in excess of 5.1 million copies. UK Albums Chart_sentence_38

The longest running number one album, both consecutively and non-consecutively, is the soundtrack of the film South Pacific. UK Albums Chart_sentence_39

It had a consecutive run of 70 weeks from November 1958 to March 1960, and had further runs at the top in 1960 and 1961, making a non-consecutive total of 115 weeks. UK Albums Chart_sentence_40

Eminem holds the record for the most consecutive number one albums in Official Albums Chart history, with ten consecutive UK number one albums. UK Albums Chart_sentence_41

The youngest artist to top the chart is Neil Reid, whose debut album topped the chart in 1972 when he was only 12 years old. UK Albums Chart_sentence_42

The oldest living artist to top the charts is Vera Lynn at the age of 92 with We'll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn, released in 2009 (though the album only contains material she recorded between 1936 and 1959). UK Albums Chart_sentence_43

Lynn also holds the record for the oldest living artist to have a chart album, with the 2017 release of Vera Lynn 100, released to mark her 100th birthday (though again, this only contains material she recorded decades earlier). UK Albums Chart_sentence_44

The album peaked at number 3. UK Albums Chart_sentence_45

The album which has spent the most weeks on the charts is Queen's Greatest Hits, which has spent over 1000 weeks on the chart by January 2018. UK Albums Chart_sentence_46

See List of albums which have spent the most weeks on the UK Albums Chart for full details. UK Albums Chart_sentence_47

In 1980, Kate Bush became the first British female artist to have a number-one album in the UK with Never for Ever, as well as being the first album by any female solo artist to enter the chart at number 1. UK Albums Chart_sentence_48

In August 2014 she became the first female artist to have eight albums in the Official UK Top 40 Albums Chart simultaneously, (altogether she had eleven albums in the Top 50 in one week). UK Albums Chart_sentence_49

She is currently in fourth place for artists having the most simultaneous UK Top 40 albums, behind Elvis Presley and David Bowie who both tie for the most simultaneous Top 40 albums (twelve each, both immediately following their deaths in 1977 and 2016 respectively), and The Beatles who had eleven in 2009 when remastered versions of their albums were released. UK Albums Chart_sentence_50

The fastest selling album (first chart week sales) is 25 by Adele. UK Albums Chart_sentence_51

Released in November 2015, it sold over 800,000 copies in its first week. UK Albums Chart_sentence_52

The Rolling Stones are the first act to have reached number one in the album chart during six different decades (1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2010s and 2020s) though their number ones in the 2010s and 2020s were with reissues of their older albums. UK Albums Chart_sentence_53

For solo artists, Elvis Presley was the first artist to score UK number-one albums in five different decades (the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 2000s and 2010s). UK Albums Chart_sentence_54

In 2020, Bruce Springsteen became the first solo artist to score UK number-one albums in five consecutive decades (the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s) with his twelfth number-one album Letter to You. UK Albums Chart_sentence_55

Also in 2020, Kylie Minogue became the first female solo artist to have UK number-one albums in five different decades (which also happened to be consecutively, the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s), with her eighth UK number one album Disco. UK Albums Chart_sentence_56

The longest number one by a group is Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water which was number one for 33 weeks (13 of which were consecutive). UK Albums Chart_sentence_57

The longest consecutive number one by a group was the Beatles' Please Please Me, which held the top spot for a straight 30 weeks. UK Albums Chart_sentence_58

The longest number one by a male solo artist was Elvis Presley with G.I. UK Albums Chart_sentence_59 Blues which stayed at the top for 22 weeks (his Blue Hawaii album was also the longest consecutive number one album for a male artist with 17 weeks). UK Albums Chart_sentence_60

Adele's album 21 has the most weeks at number one by a female solo artist (and by a solo artist of any gender) with 23 weeks, 11 of which were consecutive (which is also a record for a female artist). UK Albums Chart_sentence_61

The first studio album and non soundtrack or cast recording album to top the year-end chart was With the Beatles by The Beatles in 1963 — they became the first group to achieve this feat. UK Albums Chart_sentence_62

Elton John's Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player in 1973, marks the first album by a male artist and solo act to do so. UK Albums Chart_sentence_63

The first female solo artist to have the UK's year-end best seller was Barbra Streisand in 1982, with Love Songs. UK Albums Chart_sentence_64

The first studio album and non soundtrack or cast recording album to top the decade-end chart was Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles in the 1960s — they became the first group to achieve this. UK Albums Chart_sentence_65

James Blunt's Back to Bedlam, in the 2000s, marks the first album by a male artist and solo act to do it. UK Albums Chart_sentence_66

Blunt was the only performer in history to top the decade chart with a debut album. UK Albums Chart_sentence_67

The first female solo artist to achieve this feat was Adele in the 2010s, with 21. UK Albums Chart_sentence_68

Dua Lipa's Future Nostalgia holds the record for having the lowest one-week sales while at the top of the chart in the modern era, when it was number one the week beginning 15 May 2020 with sales of only 7,317. UK Albums Chart_sentence_69

Debut albums UK Albums Chart_section_1

The fastest selling debut albums (first-week sales): UK Albums Chart_sentence_70

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Sam Smith holds the record for most weeks spent in the Top 10 by a debut album with In the Lonely Hour, with 76, surpassing a record previously held by Emeli Sandé. UK Albums Chart_sentence_71

See also UK Albums Chart_section_2

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