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TOP 20: MADE IN THE SHADY
No lucky 13 for Tay. (7/18a)
NEAR TRUTHS: MIDYEAR MOMENTUM
The score at the half (7/18a)
GRAMMYS GONNA GRAMMY: SADDLING UP FOR AOTY
More musings about Music's Biggest Night (7/17a)
EMMY NOMS: LOOKIN' SHARP
Sound and vision (7/17a)
EDDIE ROSENBLATT,
1934-2024
Remembering a great record exec (7/18a)
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.
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U.K. CHARTS: ROYAL FLUSH
9/8/23

Royal Blood goes four for four in hitting #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart while Doja Cat earns her first-ever #1 U.K. single.

Back to the Water Below (Warner), the fourth studio set from the Worthing-formed rock duo, follows Royal Blood (2014), How Did We Get So Dark (2017) and Typhoons (2021) in hitting the top of the album chart. Back to the Water Below was the top seller on vinyl and at record stores; physical sales accounted for more than 85% of the album’s opening week total.

The 10th anniversary of The 1975’s eponymous Dirty Hit/Polydor debut returns to the Top 5 for the first time since 2013, coming in at # 3. Slowdive registers a career high #6 debut with their first U.K. Top 10 LP, Everything is Alive (Dead Oceans). Sigur RosÁTTA (BMG) opens at #30 following its release on CD and vinyl, hitting #2 on the Official Record Store Chart.

At singles, Doja Cat’s “Paint the Town Red” (Ministry of Sound) rises one slot to #1; it’s her 15th Top 40 single in the U.K.

Taylor Swift’s “Cruel Summer” (EMI) rises to a new peak of #2 while Fred again.. claims his first Top 10 single as a solo artist with “adore u” (Atlantic) featuring Nigerian vocalist Obongjayar at # 9. Kyle Minogue’s “Baby” (BMG ) is this week’s highest new entry, debuting at #19.