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Lady Gaga Scores UK's Year Best Opening Week

Lady Gaga lands the biggest opening week for any artist on the U.K. album chart in 2020 as Chromatica (Interscope/Universal) debuts at No. 1.

Chromatica records 53,000 combined units to become her fourth U.K. No. 1 album. The Official Charts Company reports that Gaga outdoes the first-week tallies of her Cheek By Cheek collaboration with Tony Bennett in 2014, Joanne in 2016 and the cast recording of A Star Is Born (2018).

The new album outperforms the rest of this week’s top ten combined, and delivers 8,500 sales on vinyl. Three of its tracks are in the singles top 40: last week’s No. 1 collaboration with Ariana Grande, “Rain On Me,” now at No. 2; “Sour Candy” with Blackpink at No. 17 and “Alice” at No. 29.

There’s little movement in the rest of the top five of the album survey, with KSI’s Dissimulation, Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (EMI/Universal) and Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia (Warner Records) all steady at Nos. 2, 3 and 4 respectively. Harry Styles’ Fine Line (Columbia/Sony), which has spent its entire 25-week chart span in the top ten, climbs back 6-5.

Norwegian producer Kygo debuts at No. 6 with Golden Hour (Kygo), his second U.K. top ten album, while Manchester rapper Aitch starts at No. 7 with the Polaris EP (NQ).

Meanwhile, Dababy’s “Rockstar” (Interscope/Universal), featuring Roddy Rich, moves back to the singles summit.

DaBaby’s return to No. 1 on the singles list for a third aggregate week is marked by the best weekly streaming figures for “Rockstar” of 8 million, contributing to combined units of 64,000. With the Gaga/Grande single down to No. 2, “Rover” (Parlophone/Warner) by S1mba featuring DTG holds at No. 3.

Drake’s “Toosie Slide” (Ovo/Republic/Universal) is back up 6-4 and there’s an 11-5 climb for “Breaking Me” (Positiva/Universal) by Topic featuring A7S. The highest new entry of the week, at No. 7, is “I Dunno” (Atlantic/Warner) by Tion Wayne, Dutchavelli and Stormzy.

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