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Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ Debuts at No. 1 In U.K.

Kanye West is crowned on the U.K. albums chart as Donda (Def Jam) debuts at No. 1.

Following its digital-only release on Aug. 29, Donda snags 20,000 chart sales, with 91% of the total from streaming equivalent sales, and the remainder from downloads, according to the OCC.

Donda racked up 33.4 million streams across its 27 tracks, the charts compiler reports, for Kanye’s third U.K. No. 1, following Graduation (2007) and Yeezus (2013). Three tracks from it enter the Official U.K. Singles Chart, led by “Hurricane,” the week’s hottest debut at No. 7.

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Also new to the Official U.K. Albums Chart is Maisie Peters’s debut album You Signed Up For This (Gingerbread Man), which starts at No. 2, while Scottish synth-pop outfit Chvrches bow at No. 4 with Screen Violence (Virgin), their fourth studio effort.

Halsey completes the Top 5 with If I Can’t Have Love I Want Power (EMI), her fourth LP. It’s the U.K.’s best-selling album on vinyl in the latest cycle.

British singer and songwriter Becky Hill enjoys a Top 10 start with her debut Only Honest At The Weekend (Polydor), new No. 7, while KSI’s All Over The Place (BMG) vaults 20-10 following the release of a deluxe edition.

With ABBA making a much-hyped comeback, fans of the Swedish pop legends are digging for Gold. ABBA’s Greatest Hits (Polydor) lifts 14-12 following news of their new album Voyage and virtual concert, and the release of two new songs.

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ABBA’s Greatest Hits is the first album to log 1,000 weeks on the Official U.K. Albums Chart. Its impressive tally now stands at 1,009 weeks.

Over on the national singles survey, Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” (Asylum) enters a 10th week at the top. “Bad Habits” leads an unchanged top four, as Lil Nas X’s “Industry Baby” (Lil Nas X) rebounds 7-5 following the announcement of his debut album, Montero.

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