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Elton John’s ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ tops UK Official Albums Chart

The album has 31,000 chart sales, making ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ Elton John’s second number one in less than a month

By Grace Almond

Elton John with his Official Number 1 Album award for The Lockdown Sessions
This marks Elton John’s eighth number one album. Credit: Rocket Entertainment

Elton John has reached the number one spot on the UK Official Albums Chart with his record ‘The Lockdown Sessions’. 

After 31,000 chart sales, it marks John’s second number one in less than a month, two weeks after his single, ‘Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)’ with Dua Lipa reached number one on the Official Singles Chart, according to a press release from the Official Charts Company. Of the 31,000 chart sales of ‘The Lockdown Sessions’, 84% were physical (CD and vinyl) sales.

This also marks John’s eighth number one album, and his first number one album in nine years. 

The album was released on October 22 this year, and features collaborations with Rina Sawayama, Years & Years, Nicki Minaj, Dua Lipa, Lil Nas X and Stevie Wonder.

‘The Lockdown Sessions’ isn’t John’s only chart success this week: his greatest hits album ‘Diamonds’ is currently at number 16. This week marks the album’s 207th week in the Top 100.

Lana Del Rey’s eighth studio album, ‘Blue Banisters’, has claimed the number two spot, with Duran Duran’s ‘Future Past’ at number three and Biffy Clyro’s ‘The Myth Of Happily Ever After’ at four. Last week’s number one album, ‘Music Of The Spheres’ by Coldplay, has dropped to number five on the Official Albums Chart. 

In terms of the Official Singles Chart, Adele has once more claimed the number one spot for the second week in a row. Her comeback single, ‘Easy On Me’, saw 103,000 chart sales in the last week, as well as 11 million streams. 

Elton John will embark on the EU and UK legs of his rescheduled ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour in May 2022. The tour was previously postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and then again when John fell awkwardly and sustained an injury to his hip, which requires surgery.

On his tour, John confirmed to NME that it would definitely be his last: “I’m looking forward to doing it and going out on the high that we were on – we were an express train that hit the buffers. At the moment I finish supposedly in 2023, in the summer, by which time I’ll be 76 – and that’s it, baby.”

Elton John will release a collaborative Christmas song with Ed Sheeran this year. Sheeran performed a snippet of the track live earlier today (October 29)