Paul Simon lands No 1 album as Justin Bieber breaks streaming record

Drake is No 1 single for a ninth week

Paul Simon has achieved his first No 1 album for 26 years, after ‘Stranger To Stranger’ became his first album since 1990’s ‘Rhythm Of The Saints’ to reach the top.

Last week’s No 1 album ‘The Ride’ by Catfish and the Bottlemen falls to No 5, with Bugzy Malone the second-highest new entry at No 6 with ‘Facing Time’.

Malone told NME: “It feels as if all the hard work has paid off. Being independent means having the freedom to express myself through my art, and do it all on my terms. TuneCore UK have been a massive support, so I could get on with making my music and getting it out there. Because of my background, I’ve been motivated to work hard and succeed. Grime’s still a new genre, so there’s lots of opportunities, but I’m loving doing it my way without a label involved.”

Dexys’ covers album ‘Let The Records Show: Dexys Do Irish Country And Soul’ is new at No 10. Other top 40 new entries are by Volbeat (16), The Kills (18), The Monkees (29), Tegan And Sara (30) and Beartooth (35).

Simon said: “I don’t know a recording artist who wouldn’t be elated to have a Number 1 album. A big thank you to everyone who thought enough of the music to go out and buy it. I hope it stands up to multiple listens.”

Meanwhile, Justin Bieber has made streaming history. His single ‘Sorry’ has become the first song to notch 100 million streams in Britain alone, according to chart compilers Official Charts Company. Bieber’s singles ‘What Do You Mean’ and ‘Love Yourself’ are set to match the feat shortly, having been streamed 98.6 million and 94.3 million times each respectively.

On the singles chart, Drake is No 1 for a ninth week with ‘One Dance’ as he seeks to become the first artist since Rihanna’s Umbrella in 2007 to have ten weeks on top.

There are four new entries in the Top 40. DJ Khaled gets his first Top 40 hit with his Drake collaboration ‘For Free’ at No 25, while Calum Scott’s cover of Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own’ is at No 26, followed by Shawn Mendes at No 31 and Ariana Grande at No 40.