Sony celebrates string of No.1s in UK market

Sony Music UK has secured a rare ‘quadruple’ in the UK Charts – with the No 1 album, No 1 single, No 1 national and regional airplay track all in the same week.

The success has been achieved across releases from Elvis, Little Mix and James Arthur.

In the official UK charts, announced this evening [28.10], Elvis Presley has become the most successful solo artist in UK chart history with his latest release The Wonder Of You, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, selling 63,505 copies and shooting straight to the top of the Album Charts.

Presley, who passed away in 1977, is now out on his own in being the most successful solo artist ever in the UK with no less than 13 No.1 albums.

The latest No 1 comes a year after Elvis last topped the charts with If I Can Dream, also with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. That album sold more than one million copies in the UK alone and was the second biggest selling release of 2015, behind only Adele’s 25.

The Wonder Of You is one of five UK Sony Music albums in the Top 10 this week.

It is joined by Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker (Columbia) at No 4; last week’s No 1, Kings of Leon’s Walls (Columbia), at No 5; Sia’s This Is Acting (RCA) at No 8 and the Original Cast Recording of Lazarus (RCA) at No 10.

Jason Iley“It always starts with our artists and I would like to congratulate each and every one of them.”

Jason Iley, Sony Music UK

In the official UK Singles Chart, Little Mix have secured a second week at No 1 with the smash Shout Out To My Ex (Syco Music).

In its first full week of release, the hit had sales of more than 111k.

In addition, James Arthur’s Say You Won’t Let Go, also on Syco Music, stays at No 2 whilst The Chainsmokers’ Closer (RCA) – itself a former No 1 and platinum record  holds at No 3.

It is the second consecutive week that Sony Music has held the Top Three positions in the Singles Chart.

Additionally, the company also has five of the Top Ten. As well as Little Mix, James Arthur and The Chainsmokers, Sia’s The Greatest (RCA) is at No 8 and Calvin Harris’ My Way (Columbia) is at No 10.

Sony Music has now held the No 1 spot in the Singles Chart for nine consecutive weeks, with The Chainsmokers, James Arthur and Little Mix.

In the official UK radio airplay charts, James Arthur is No 1 in both the national and regional airplay charts.

Say You Won’t Let Go, which enjoyed three weeks at No 1 in the Singles Chart before being replaced by Little Mix, now has sales of more than 532k in just six weeks of release.

Jason Iley, Chairman and CEO, Sony Music UK and Ireland, said: “It always starts with our artists and I would like to congratulate each and every one of them.

“We are incredibly lucky to be working with such great music. I would also like to congratulate all the Sony labels, who are always so brilliant in helping to realize our artists’ vision.”Music Business Worldwide

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