Ariana Grande Scores Official Chart Double With "Positions"
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Ariana Grande pulls off the rare Official Chart Double as "Positions," her sixth album and its title track, each claim Number 1 on this week’s Official Singles and Albums Charts.
"Positions" becomes Ariana’s fourth consecutive Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, racking up 27,500 chart sales, including 27.6 million track streams. Her previous chart-toppers are 'Thank U, Next' (2019), 'Sweetener' (2018), and 'Dangerous Woman' (2016).
Meanwhile 'Positions' (single) leads the Official Singles Chart for a second week, while two more tracks from the record land in the Top 40: 34+35 at Number 9 and 'Motive (ft. Doja Cat)' at 16. The entries take her tally of UK Top 40 hits to 28.
Ariana is the fourth artist to achieve the chart double in 2020 – following the successes of Drake, Eminem and Stormzy. It’s the second time she’s claimed it, after "Thank U, Next" (album) / 'Break Up With Your Girlfriend,' 'I’m Bored' (single) topped the charts in the same week in February 2019.
Cliff Richard breaks all-time Official Albums Chart record
Cliff Richard completes an all-new Top 3 today with Music…"The Air That I Breathe". In doing so, the Official Charts Company can confirm that the chart icon who celebrated his 80th birthday last month, sets a new all-time Official Chart record by becoming the first artist ever to score a Top 5 album in eight consecutive decades.
Cliff’s first entry on the Official Albums Chart was the chart-topping "Cliff by Cliff Richards And The Drifters" in April 1959, it entered at Number 7 while the South Pacific soundtrack was reigning in the top spot.
Across Cliff’s career, the singer has scored a grand total of 14 Number 1 singles, and 7 UK Number 1 albums. Today’s new entry marks Sir Cliff’s 46th Top 10 album, and beats other enduring 1950s favourites including Elvis to this new chart record. See where all of Cliff Richards’ hit singles and albums charted.
Elsewhere on this week’s Official Albums Chart, Sam Smith is new at Number 2 with their third album "Love Goes".
Sheffield rockers Bring Me The Horizon claim their fourth Top 10 collection with "Post Human – Survival Horror" (5), M Huncho lands his second Top 10 collection of 2020 with "DNA" (7), a collaborative mixtape with Nafe Smallz, and The Style Council score their first Top 10 in 31 years with "Long Hot Summers – The Story Of" (8). Amy MacDonald completes this week’s Top 10 with "The Human Demands" (10), her fifth consecutive Top 10 studio album.
New in this week’s Top 20 are Black Stone Cherry’s "The Human Condition" (11), Dizzee Rascal’s seventh record "E3 AF" (13), and WizKid’s "Made In Lagos" (15), the rapper’s first UK Top 40 album.
Further down, Camelphat’s "Dark Matter" debuts at 23 as a digital-only release, Jane McDonald "Cruising With – Vol. 2" enters at 24, a 10th anniversary reissue of U2’s "All That You Can’t Leave Behind" is at 27, and David Bowie live album "Ouvrez Le Chien" is new at 32.
Finally, Eels’ 13th album "Earth To Dora" lands at 37, and Elvis Costello claims his 24th Top 40 record with "Hey Clockface" at 39.
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November 6, 2020 1:00pm ET by Pressparty