The Smiths frontman's long-anticipated album has narrowly missed the top spot, as Sheeran continues his reign on the charts
Morrissey's long-anticipated new album has narrowly missed the top of the UK albums chart. World Peace Is None of Your Business, the singer's 10th solo LP, debuted at No 2 behind Ed Sheeran's second record, X.
According to the Official Charts Company, only a few thousand sales separated Morrissey and Sheeran in the midweek charts. But as Sunday approached, the cantankerous singer was nudged into the No 2 spot by the 23-year-old. After four straight weeks at the top of the UK's list, Sheeran has sold over 367,000 copies of his album – substantially faster sales than his 2011 debut.
Last week's No 2, the Manic Street Preachers' Futurology, has also plummeted to No 15. The rest of the top five remains unchanged, featuring Dolly Parton's new Best of, Blue Smoke, Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour, and George Ezra's Wanted on Voyage. London's future-soul act Jungle are new at No 7, with another big chart entry for the classic metal act Judas Priest. Their 17th album, Redeemer of Souls, debuts at No 12.
It was a triumphant week for the fresh-faced pop band Rixton in the singles chart. Their song Me and My Broken Heart landed straight in at No 1. To celebrate, all four members planned to get a broken heart tattoo at last night's gig in Liverpool. "This is probably the biggest thing ever that has ever happened to us in our life," declared frontman Jake Roche.
Official singles chart top five
1. Rixton - Me and My Broken Heart
2. Ariana Grande ft Iggy Azalea - Problem
3. Will.I.Am ft Cody Wise - It's My Birthday
4. Ella Henderson - Ghost
5. George Ezra - Budapest
Official albums chart top five
1. Ed Sheeran - X
2. Morrissey - World Peace Is None of Your Business
3. Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke: The Best of
4. Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour
5. George Ezra - Wanted on Voyage
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