Charts analysis: No.1 encore for The Specials after four decades

Thirty-nine years to the week after Too Much Too Young became the first of their two No.1 singles, The Specials top the album chart for the very first time with Encore.

In early sales flashes, new albums from Ian Brown and Busted led the way, but after a week of in-store signings and a social media campaign, Encore prevailed, albeit on sales of 18,199 copies (including 417 from sales-equivalent streams) – the lowest for a No.1 since Ed Sheeran’s Divide ...

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