Celeste has carried the burden of expectation ever since she won the BRITS Rising Star award and BBC’s Sound of 2020 poll.
Now she can enjoy her very first No. 1.
The 26-year-old soul singer debuts atop of the Official U.K. Albums chart with Not Your Muse (Polydor), her debut LP.
With her hot start, Celeste becomes the first British female artist to top the tally with their debut album in more than five years, since Jess Glynne’s I Cry When I Laugh in November 2015.
Not Your Muse leads an all-new Top 4. Celeste’s debut holds off Money Can’t Buy Happiness (Since 93), the second album from London rapper Fredo. It’s new at No. 2 and is the U.K.’s most-streamed album of the week.
Also new is singer, songwriter and poet Arlo Parks’ first LP Collapsed In Sunbeams (Transgressive), which starts at No. 3, while Steven Wilson’s The Future Bites (SW Records) opens at No. 4.
Harry Styles completes the Top 5 with Fine Line (Columbia), up 6-5.
U.K. rapper Chip bags a Top 10 entry with his new mixtape Snakes & Ladders, new at No 7, while post-punk outfit Goat Girl secure their second Top 40 album with On All Fours, new at 30.
Meanwhile, Olivia Rodrigo keeps her foot on the gas as “Drivers License” (Interscope) enters a fourth week at No. 1 on the Official Singles Chart.
According to the Official Charts Company, the track claims 69,000 chart sales in the most recent frame, including 8.3 million streams.
Rodrigo’s hit finishes with more than double the chart sales of its closest competition, Nathan Evans’ remix of “Wellerman” (Polydor) featuring 220 Kid and Billen Ted. “Wellerman” is up 3-2 and is the leader on downloads over the week.
The highest new entry belongs to Fredo, whose “Money Talks” (Dave Neighbourhood/Since 93) featuring Dave bows at No. 3.
Finally, following the death of Captain Sir Tom Moore’s at the age of 100, the fundraising hero’s cover of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (Decca) strolls up the chart.
Moore’s version of the song, made famous by Gerry and the Pacemakers in 1963, was recorded with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices Of Care Choir last year, to raise much-needed funds for the National Health Service.
It debuted at No. 1 last April, earning Moore a place in history as the oldest person to land a No. 1 on the Official UK Singles Chart.
According to Official Charts Company data, sales and streams of the song soared 1,864% week-on-week, after news broke of his death Tuesday (Feb. 2) following a battle with COVID-19. “You’ll Never Walk Alone re-enters at No. 10 on this week’s Official Download Chart.