No.1 on iTunes in 36 countries within hours of release on May 11, Arctic Monkeys’ new album, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino now invades official charts, becoming their sixth straight No.1 – their entire output – in their native UK.
Tranquility Base also secures debuts at No.1 in Belgium (both Flanders and Wallonia), and The Netherlands, No.2 in Ireland, New Zealand and Norway, No.3 in Argentina, No.4 in Germany, No.8 in Sweden and No.9 in Japan.
The week’s other big new release, Voicenotes, is the second album from US singer/songwriter Charlie Puth. Puth’s 2016 debut album, Nine Track Mind was home to the global smash Meghan Trainor collaboration Marvin Gaye, and made the Top 10 in nine countries. Voicenotes is home to Attention and How Long – both of which were global hits last year – and new single Done For Me (feat. Kehlani). It debuts at No.4 in the UK, No.6 in New Zealand, No.9 in Wallonia, No.10 in Japan, No.12 in Ireland, No.13 in the Netherlands, No.14 in Germany, No.19 in Flanders and Norway, No.23 in Sweden and No.27 in South Korea.
No.1 in a dozen countries in the last fortnight – see previous incarnations of this column for full details – Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys now adds a 13th, moving to pole position in Canada, where it was previously runner-up to Keith Urban’s Graffiti U. Beerbongs & Bentleys is in decline almost everywhere else but hangs on to top billing in The USA, Finland and Slovakia.
British singer/songwriter Anne-Marie’s debut album, Speak Your Mind, made the official charts in 20 countries, with its debut positions fully documented here last week. It slips in 18 of those countries this week, while remaining at No.16 in Finland and catapulting 61-9 in The Czech Republic.
Hampshire singer/songwriter Frank Turner’s seventh album, Be More Kind, debuted at No.3 in The UK, No.12 in Germany and No.55 in Ireland last week. It now adds debuts in Austria (No.19), Switzerland (No.25), Canada (No.87) and The USA (No.95).
After debuting at No.9 in The UK, No.11 in Flanders, No.21 in Ireland, No.31 in Germany, No.48 in Wallonia, No.56 in The Netherlands and No.63 in Italy last week, 38 year old Surrey-based electronic music producer and musician Jon Hopkins’ richly soundscaped fifth album Singularity now debuts at No.38 in Switzerland, No.39 in Austria, No.44 in Australia, No.70 in Slovakia, No.73 in The Czech Republic and No.109 in France.
Finally, the reason why Arctic Monkeys don’t score their fifth No.1 album in Ireland this week is…Ed Sheeran. With Sheeran’s tour of the country continuing, all three of his albums are in the Irish Top 10 for the second straight week. Last week saw Divide climb 2-1, X rally 7-5 and + power 15-6. This week, Divide continues at No.1, while X falls to No.6 and + to No.9. All three albums were in the Top 10 in Australia and New Zealand, with Divide at No.1 when Sheeran was touring down under a few weeks ago.