Assuming that Michael Buble’s new album was going to be No.1 this week was a lazy one, but one that turned out to be perfectly correct. However, the margin of his victory turned out to be far narrower than anyone could have predicted.
Higher becomes the crooner’s fifth No.1 album in this country and his second in a row, this following in the footsteps of Love which hit the top in 2018. Its certified sale was a mere 21,170, the lowest first-week total he’s enjoyed since he first shot to stardom (his first three albums were all released prior to Michael Parkinson’s patronage and promotion).
In second place came Machine Gun Kelly with mainstream sell out (sic) which in the end posted a chart sale of its own of 20,960 - just 210 copies (or their streaming equivalents) behind. The last time the gap between No.1 and No.2 albums was this tight was back in May 2020 when Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia aced the chart race by a 191 copy margin - this, incidentally, the week she set a record for the lowest weekly sale by a No.1 album ever with just 7,317 sales. But that was Covid lockdown for you.
Oh yes, and we should also give due regard to Matt Goss (of Bros, to give him his full title) who has the No.7 album of the week with The Beautiful Unknown. It is easily his highest-charting solo album to date, his only other to even make the Top 75 at all was Life You Imagine which hit No.27 in 2013.
However, let us note for the record that Life You Imagine sold 4,722 physical and digital copies (streams were not a thing then) to creep into the Top 30 in October 2013. The Beautiful Unknown this week posts 5,043 chart sales. Mr Goss is at the very least maintaining his level.