In the Top 20 alone there are two albums by septuagenarians who came to fame as members of two of the most successful groups of all time, a pair of former Disney teen stars, and new compilations by a couple of late superstars. But the honour of topping the chart goes to Shania Twain, whose first studio album in 15 years, Now, opens atop the list on sales of 20,097 copies, including 389 from streams.
Now is 52-year-old Twain's fifth album, and the first on which she was solely responsible for writing all of the material. Her second No.1 in all, it arrives at the summit more than 18 years after her first, Come On Over.
Twain's third album, Come On Over, was her first to make the chart, but sold just 122 copies on the week of its release in 1997, eventually making the Top 75 18 weeks later, and reaching No.1 for the first of 11 times some 96 weeks into its career. Eventually surrendering six Top 20 hits – most notably That Don't Impress Me Much and Man! I Feel Like A Woman – it sold as many as 277,984 copies in a week, and, with sales to date of 3,416,831 is the 11th biggest-selling studio album of all-time.
Twain's coronation brings to an end a run of five straight No.1 debuts by groups but extends to six in as many weeks the number of overseas acts who have topped the chart. Her victory was hard won, however, with the week's first sales flashes suggesting she would lose out to Wolf Alice.
On apprend ainsi que Come On Over s'était écoulé à 122 exemplaires en 1ère semaine au Royaume-Uni !
Au meilleur de sa forme, il s'en est vendu 277,984 copies en une semaine (gosh, ce fossé) et il est le 11ème album le plus vendu de tous les temps outre-Manche.