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ON THE BMM COVER:
RICO WADE
ATL legend (6/17a)
NEAR TRUTHS: THE HITS KEEP COMING (PART TWO)
Born in 1986 by mad scientists; still lurking. (6/17a)
HITS LIST GOES COUNTRY
Pairs well with grits and gravy. (6/14a)
SUMMERTIME ROLLS: FESTIVAL SEASON IS UPON US
The latest tidbits from the bustling live sector. (6/17a)
IS MCK ABOUT TO
MAKE A BIG MOVE?
This would be a great get. (6/17a)
THE GRAMMY SHORT LIST
Who's already a lock?
COUNTRY'S NEWEST DISRUPTOR
Three chords and some truth you may not be ready for.
AI IS ALREADY EATING YOUR LUNCH
The kids can tell the difference... for now.
INDIE DISTRIBUTION'S RISE TO GLORY
The discovery engine is revving higher.
Blighty Beat
U.K. CHARTS: 5SOS, SAM SMITH HIT #1
9/30/22

5 Seconds of Summer has squeaked out a last-minute victory to claim the #1 slot on the U.K. Official Albums Chart while Sam Smith and Kim Petras ascend to #1 at singles.

5SOS5 (BMG), the fifth studio album from the Australian four-piece, saw 78% of its tally come from physical sales; it was the most physically purchased and downloaded record in the U.K. this week. It’s their third #1.

A mere 1.3k chart units behind at #2 is Lap 5, the self-released second studio album from London hip-hop collective D-Block Europe. It’s their third Top 5 collection.

Rounding out the all-new Top 3 is Sports Team’s second studio album Gulp! (Island). The set is #1 on the vinyl and record store charts.

Take That’s Mark Owens scores a career personal best at #5 with Land Of Dreams (BMG). ABBA’s Gold - Greatest Hits (Polydor) jumps five to #6 following the release of a special 30th anniversary edition; EditorsEBM (Play It Again Sam) is #10, their seventh Top 10 record in the U.K. Beth Orton now has six Top 40 albums as Weather Alive (Partisan) dawns at #27.

At singles, Smith and Petras’ “Unholy” (EMI) racked up 5.9m streams to give Smith their eighth #1 single and Petras her first-ever U.K. chart topper. Smith’s last #1 was “Promises” with Calvin Harris in 2018.

“Unholy” was just 1.4k chart units ahead of David Guetta & Bebe Rexha’s “I’m Good (Blue)” (Parlophone), the week’s most downloaded song.

Elsewhere in the Top 10, new peaks are hit by Chris Brown’s “Under The Influence” (RCA) at #7, Luude & Mattafix’s “Big City Life” (Warner) at #8 and Steve Lacy’s “Bad Habit” (L-M/RCA) at #9.

At #12, Stormzy’s “Mel Made Me Do It” (Def Jam) becomes his 25th Top 40 single. D-Block Europe’s strong showing at albums resulted in three singles landing in the Top 40: “4 The Win” at #23, “She’s Not Anyone” f/Burna Boy at #30, and “Conor McGregor” at #39.