Guts achieved the largest first-week sales for any LP in 2023, surpassing the combined sales of the rest of the top 10 albums.
Olivia Rodrigo Roars to UK No 1 With Guts Olivia Rodrigo secures the top spot on the U.K. albums chart with her latest release, Guts on Geffen Records.
During the midweek tracking period, Guts had established a commanding lead, amassing 33,000 combined sales. This lead ultimately held firm when the Official U.K. Albums Chart was officially unveiled on Friday, September 15th, with Guts ascending to the No. 1 position with an impressive 60,300 chart units, as reported by the Official Charts Company.
What’s even more noteworthy is that Guts not only claimed the title of the best-selling and most-streamed album of the current chart cycle but also outsold the entirety of the remaining albums in the top 10 combined. This achievement resulted in the largest first-week sales figure for any LP in 2023.
Olivia Rodrigo’s track record in the U.K. charts is now flawless, as Guts follows in the footsteps of her 2021 debut album, Sour, which spent an impressive five weeks at the chart’s summit and set several U.K. chart records.
In a memorable moment back in May 2021, when Sour and her single Good 4 U both claimed the No. 1 positions in the same week, Olivia Rodrigo made history as the youngest solo artist ever to achieve this chart double, accomplishing this feat at the age of 18 years and 3 months.
Sour by Olivia Rodrigo made history by achieving record-breaking streams in its first week for a debut album in the U.K. In June 2021, the American pop singer accomplished another milestone by becoming the first female solo artist to have three songs simultaneously in the top 5 of the U.K. singles charts with Good 4 U, Déjà vu, and Traitor. With three No. 1 singles, she holds the record for the most No. 1 singles by a female solo artist in the U.K. this decade.
As Olivia Rodrigo’s album Sour climbs back into the top 10 during its 121st week on the chart, Guts continues to dominate the Billboard 200 and the ARIA Albums Chart.
Travis Scott’s previous chart-topper, Utopia (RCA), holds its ground at No. 2 in the latest U.K. rankings. Meanwhile, the English indie rock group, the Coral, makes a strong entry at No. 3 with Sea of Mirrors (Modern Sky/Run On), marking their seventh appearance in the top 10. Additionally, the Worrall indie band secures another spot on the list with their accompanying album, Holy Joe’s Coral Island Medicine Show, making a fresh debut at No. 36.
Former Moloko vocalist Roisin Murphy achieves her inaugural solo appearance in the top 10 with Hit Parade (Ninja Tune), debuting at No. 5. The seasoned electronic duo, the Chemical Brothers, clinch their tenth top 10 position in the U.K. with For That Beautiful Feeling (EMI), making a new entry at No. 6. Furthermore, the masked U.K. rapper M Honcho enters at No. 9 with My Neighbors Don’t Know (MYB), marking his fourth appearance in the top 10.
Below the top echelon, you’ll find recent releases by Romy, the vocalist of the xx, with Mid Air debuting at the 15th spot on the charts via Young. Additionally, Public Service Broadcasting’s This New Noise has entered the charts at No. 28 through Test Card, while Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours Live is at No. 34 courtesy of Rhino. Furthermore, Yussef Dayes’ Black Classical Music has made its mark at No. 37 through Browns wood Recordings.