Frank Ocean has landed his first No 1 album, with ‘Blonde’ beating the No 2 peak of his previous album ‘Channel Orange’ in 2012.
‘Blonde’ sold 32,000 copies, almost twice as many as Dolly Parton at No 2. Parton’s 43rd album ‘Pure And Simple’ debuts at No 2, matching her previous best chart position scored with her 2014 hits compilation ‘Blue Smoke’.
Completing the Top Three is another new entry, Ricky Gervais’ soundtrack for the David Brent film Life On The Road. Gervais made the soundtrack under the name David Brent & Foregone Conclusion, working with Andy Burrows plus Steve Clarke and Baxter Wilkinson from Nineties band The Dum Dums.
Other Top 40 album new entries come from Swedish metal band Sabaton at No 17, Troy Lanez (20), Lisa Hannigan (24), The Rifles (26) and Ryley Walker (27).
On the singles chart, Major Lazer are No 1 for a fifth week with Justin Bieber and MO collaboration ‘Cold Water’. It’s now a third of the way to matching the 15-week run of the previous No 1, Drake’s ‘One Dance’. DJ Snake’s Justin Bieber collaboration ‘Let Me Love You’ remains at No 2.
The highest new entry is Ellie Goulding, at No 25 with ‘Still Falling For You’ from the Bridget Jones’ Baby soundtrack. There are three other Top 40 new entries, from Craig David (No 29), Lyndscape & Boiler’s remix of Bob Marley’s ‘Is This Love’ (39) and Codes & Dante Klein (40).