Dr Dre’s first solo studio album in 16 years, Compton, has scored the rapper his first-ever UK chart-topper.
The album features guest appearances from artists such as Eminem, longtime collaborator Snoop Dogg and fellow Compton native Kendrick Lamar, and debuted on streaming service Apple Music.
Compton shifted 28,000 more units in combined sales – digital downloads, physical sales and streaming – than this week’s No 2, Frank Turner’s Positive Songs for Negative People. In 1999, Dre’s last album, 2001, peaked at No 4 on the album chart, while his debut The Chronic topped out at No 43 when it was released in 1992.
Ed Sheeran’s x – last year’s best-selling album in the UK – climbed one spot to No 3, with Years and Years’ Communion in at No 4 and Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour rounding off the top 5.
On the singles chart, Charlie Puth went to No 1 with Marvin Gaye, a doo-wop-inspired Meghan Trainor collaboration. The song climbed 89 spaces to claim the top spot, and ended the week with 94,000 combined units shifted.
Calvin Harris and Disciples were No 2 this week with How Deep Is Your Love, while The Weeknd climbed five places to No 3 with Can’t Feel My Face. Past chart-toppers Little Mix came in at No 4 with Black Magic, and Lost Frequencies’ Are You with Me followed at No 5.
This article was written by Guardian music, for theguardian.com on Friday 14th August 2015 18.04 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010