Royal Wedding cellist Sheku: “It’s been a crazy week with my college exams straight after!”

Royal Wedding: Teenage cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason leads impact on the Official Charts: “It’s been a crazy week with my college exams straight after!”


Official Charts Company

Royal Wedding cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason – winner of BBC Young Musician 2016 – will be celebrating today as his debut album reaches a new peak on the Official Albums Chart.

Already the best-selling classical album released in 2018, Inspiration rises to Number 11 this week after Sheku’s performance of Sicilienne during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials captured the attention of viewers across the globe. Sheku also impacts the Official Scottish Albums Chart at Number 10.

In addition to surpassing its previous Number 18 peak achieved in release week back in February, Inspiration also returns to Number 1 on the Official Classical Artist Albums Chart. But the big news doesn’t stop there; vaulting the peak position of Julian Lloyd Webber’s 1990 album Lloyd Webber Plays Lloyd Webber, Sheku is now the highest-charting cellist ever in Official Albums Chart history.

Speaking to about his achievements, Sheku said: “It’s been a crazy week with the Royal Wedding and then my college exams straight after! The reaction to my performance has been incredible and it feels amazing to have my album in the Official Charts. I’m so happy that people are enjoying my music and really grateful for all the support I’ve received in the past few days – it’s been fantastic.”

There is also brilliant news for fellow Royal Wedding performers the Kingdom Choir, a gospel group led by Karen Gibson; their rendition of Ben E. King classic Stand By Me impacts the Official Singles Chart at Number 94, ahead of new entries from high-profile acts like Christine & The Queens and Christina Aguilera.

The Royal Wedding: The Official Album, the official recording of the ceremony released by Decca Records, begins at Number 56 on the Official Compilations Chart based on downloads alone, but is expected to climb following its physical release today (May 25).

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James, whose debut album Chaos and the Calm topped the Official Albums Chart in 2015, settles for second place today, while last week's Number 1, Arctic Monkeys' Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino slips to 4, behind Post Malone's beerbongs & bentleys at 3.

New entries and high climbers

Las Vegas metal band Five Finger Death Punch score a second Top 10 with And Justice For None new at 7, Korean pop sensations BTS land their very first Top 10 with third studio album Love Yourself: Tear at 8, and Courtney Barnett's Tell Me How You Feel is new at 9, her very first Top 10 album, and also Number 1 on the Official Vinyl Albums Chart and Official Record Store Chart.

Teenage cellist and BBC Young Musician 2016 Sheku Kanneh-Mason re-enters at 11 with his debut album Inspiration, after he wowed the world with his performance at Saturday's Royal Wedding; Irish band Ash return with Islands starting at 1; and American soul singer Leon Bridges' Good Thing rockets 57 places to a new peak of 20 following his appearance on The Graham Norton Show.

Joe Bonamassa's British Blues Explosion: Live is new at 21; Canadian rapper NAV's Reckless goes in at 24; Parquet Courts celebrate their first UK Top 40, with Wide Awaaaaake going in at 27; Ray Lamontagne's Part of the Light is new at Number 28, and English rock band Half Man Half Biscuit go in at 33 with No-One Cares About Your Creative Hub So Get Your F**kin' Hedge Cut.

Two further albums make a reappearance in the Top 40 this week: Rag'n'Bone Man's Human climbs to 38, while the biggest selling album of all time still has some life in it – Queen's Greatest Hits pops back into the top flight at Number 40.

May 25, 2018 1:00pm ET by Official Charts Company  

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