British singer-songwriter George Ezra has delivered the U.K. album chart's best opening-week performance for an artist release of 2018 to date. His sophomore set Staying At Tamara's (Columbia/Sony) logged combined units of 63,000 to enter at No. 1, thus ending the 11-week reign of the movie cast recording of The Greatest Showman (Atlantic/ Warner). On the singles chart, after waiting patiently at No. 2 for a remarkable seven consecutive weeks, “These Days” (Asylum/Warner Music) by Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen climbs to No. 1.
Ezra's new success follows his debut album Wanted On Voyage, which first charted in the U.K. in July 2014 and went on to spend a total of four aggregate weeks at the top, two in October and two the following January. That set climbs 18-15 in the new Official Charts Company data. From the new album, “Paradise” climbs 5-2 and “Shotgun” debuts at No. 35.
The Greatest Showman thus falls 1-2 and Ed Sheeran's ÷ (Divide) (Asylum/Warner Music) 2-3. The late, former Status Quo member Rick Parfitt's only solo album Over and Out (Ear Music) debuts at No. 4 and Jack White's Boarding House Reach (Third Man/XL Recordings) arrives at No. 5. There's a No. 8 start for Kidz Bop Kids' Kidz Bop Summer '18 (Concord) and singer-songwriter Lissie is in at a career-best No. 9 with Castles (Cooking Vinyl).
Rudimental's single is their third U.K. chart-topper, after 2012's “Feel The Love,” featuring John Newman, and 2013's “Waiting All Night,” featuring Ella Eyre. With Ezra up to No. 2, Portugal. The Man's “Feel It Still” (Atlantic/Warner Music) is at No. 3 again, and “Friends” (Asylum/Atlantic/Warner) by Marshmello and Anne-Marie stays at No. 4. Lil Dicky's “Freaky Friday” (Commission) climbs 16-5 and “Lullaby” (Ministry of Sound) by Sigala and Paloma Faith improves 12-9.