Harry Styles snagged his first No. 1 on the U.K. Albums Chart as a solo artist this week with his self-titled debut album. Per Official Charts, Styles snagged the top spot when he moved just under 57,000 copies across physical, download and streaming platforms.
Styles knocked Kasabian’s For Crying Out Loud out of first place and the “Sign of the Times” singer also captured No. 1 on the U.K.’s Official Vinyl Albums Chart, amassing just over 3,000 sales. Styles’ friend and collaborator Ed Sheeran currently holds second place with his massively successful third studio album, Divide. Sheeran notably smashed global streaming records with Divide’s first two singles “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill.”
Styles’ sweeping rock anthem “Sign of the Times” debuted at No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart and it currently holds the No. 6 spot. The riveting, Bowie-esque lead single also just reclaimed No.1 on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart. The album’s No. 1 U.K. charting coup has to be somewhat of a relief, as no one ever really knows what’s going to happen when an artist embarks on a solo career after being in one of the biggest boy bands in music history.
Fans and critics around the globe have responded favorably to Harry Styles’ first-ever collection of solo tracks, which dropped to the masses on May 12. The album marks a distinct creative evolution for the “History” singer from pop to art-rock, and fans are eating it up.
Styles’ second official solo single, “Sweet Creature,” makes a big U.K. Singles Chart jump from No. 74 to the Top 50, where it currently rests at No. 46. This sweet, affectionate track could arguably be written about his sister, Gemma, or his mom. Styles’ former One Direction bandmate Niall Horan’s second solo single, “Slow Hands,” also made the U.K. Singles Chart Top 50 falling from No. 25 down to No. 31 this week.
The British heartthrob recently made the talk show rounds to promote his first solo record, which included a highly-entertaining week-long residency on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” He performed several album tracks for the first time on television while there, including a soft, acoustic version of “Two Ghosts” and an epic rock-god performance of “Kiwi.”
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