Polydor Records celebrates a 1-2 finish in the Albums Chart.
The Universal Music label today (May 20) picked up number 1 with Florence + The Machine’s Dance Fever and number 2 with Kendrick Lamar’s Mr Morale & The Big Steppers.
Florence + The Machine’s fifth album became their fourth No. 1 with opening sales of 31,187 (Official Charts Company) – the biggest weekly sale so far in 2022. Dance Fever has sold 12,161 CDs, 6 520 vinyl double packs, 6,664 cassettes and 1,796 digital downloads, in addition to its 4,046 equivalent sales streams.
Dance Fever marks Florence + The Machine’s third Universal label in as many releases, following LPs on EMI and Island (their home label for the first three albums).
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar, the American rapper’s first album in five years, had a very different sales profile from F+TM as it debuted at No. 2. As a digital-only release , its card sales were made up of 26,563 sales-equivalent streams and 1,643 digital downloads.
The #1 and #2 result helped Polydor rank #1 in the All Music (All Albums) market share measure in the last week of the chart with a share of 10, 9%.
“Florence and Kendrick are two of my favorite artists on the planet, so this week has been very special for me personally,” said Polydor president Ben Mortimer. music week. “And I know everyone at Polydor felt very lucky to be involved in such brilliant releases from such outstanding career artists.
“It’s a testament to the thorough and hard work of the Polydor team, that we were able to achieve such good results for both.”
It is a testament to the painstaking and hard work of the Polydor team, that we were able to achieve such good results for both.
Kendrick Lamar had two Top 10 singles entries: N95 (#6, 29,975 sales) and Die Hard (#7, 29,321 sales). United In Grief, at No. 14 with 24,001 sales, is its third entry under chart rules limiting a lead artist to three tracks.
Overall, Polydor had five Top 20 albums, including collections of hits from Eminem and ABBA, as well as Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour at No. 7, which marks its first anniversary since its release with a consumption to date of 494,237. It has never left the Top 20 for a year.
Polydor has four Top 20 singles entries, including all three for Lamar plus Where Did You Go? by Jax Jones feat. MNEK at No. 13 (25,517 sales). It has sales to date of 335,823.
Polydor’s Sam Fender won an Ivor Novello award this week (best song musically and lyrically) for his breakthrough singles Seventeen Going Under. The indie banger has spent 44 weeks in the Top 75 and is currently at No. 48 (839,360 sales to date).
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