Grime star Stormzy enters the U.K. album chart at No. 1 with his debut set Gang Signs & Prayer (Merky), as two remixes of Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You" (Asylum/Warner Music) -- one of them a collaboration with Stormzy -- help it secure an eighth week as the market's No. 1 single.
After a close battle, the Stormzy album deposes Rag 'n' Bone Man's Human (Best Laid Plans/Columbia/Sony Music) with opening combined units of 69,000, according to the Official Charts Company. As the OCC reports, Gang Signs & Prayer is "arguably the first pure grime album" to top the U.K. chart, with Tinie Tempah's 2010 release Disc-overy the only previous record influenced by the genre to top the bestsellers.
With Rag 'n' Bone Man down to No. 2, Sheeran's x rises 4-3 in advance of today's release of his new album ÷. The Trolls soundtrack (Villa 40/RCA/Sony) moves back from No. 7 to a new peak of No. 4, while Adele's 25 (XL Recordings) holds at No. 5. Continuing to benefit from their BRIT Awards exposure, Bruno Mars' 24K Magic (Atlantic/Warner Music) rises 12-7 and George Michael's Ladies and Gentlemen compilation (Epic/Sony) 11-8.
"Shape Of You" scores a remarkable tally, for an eighth chart week, of 144,000 combined units, the highest since its opening total of 227,000. Its new achievement included 10.95 million streams. "Something Just Like This" (Disruptor/Parlophone/Warneer) by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, also featured at the BRITs, races 30-2.
Sheeran's "Castle On The Hill" rises 4-3, changing places with Rag 'n' Bone Man's "Human," while Katy Perry's "Chained To The Rhythm" (Capitol/Universal), featuring Skip Marley, holds at No. 5.
Every track from the Stormzy album appears in the singles top 100, led by "Big For Your Boots," which is up 17-6 after debuting at No. 8 three weeks ago. He's only the fourth artist ever to achieve that feat, after Justin Bieber, Beyoncé and The Weeknd. Also new inside the top ten (at No. 10) is "Slide" (Columbia/Sony), by Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean & Migos.