Lewis Capaldi’s second album, “Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent,” has skyrocketed to the top of the charts in the U.K., marking a phenomenal achievement for the Scottish singer and songwriter.
Capaldi’s album has made an impressive impact, surpassing all other releases in the top 20 combined during the midpoint of the chart cycle. When the official chart was published on May 26, “Broken By Desire” had accumulated over 95,000 chart sales, making it the highest-selling album in its opening week of 2023.
According to the Official Charts Company, Capaldi’s album has also dominated in terms of streams, downloads, and physical purchases, making it the most streamed, downloaded, and purchased album of the current chart cycle. It has surpassed the first-week chart units achieved by Ed Sheeran’s album “Subtract” released under the Asylum label.
This remarkable achievement surpasses Capaldi’s debut album, “Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent,” which also had an impressive opening week with 89,000 chart units in its first seven days.
The last album to achieve a bigger opening week was Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” in October 2022, which accumulated 204,000 chart units. Additionally, Capaldi’s achievement marks the highest opening week for a male solo artist since Harry Styles’ “Harry’s House,” which reached the top position in May 2022 with 114,000 chart units.
With this outstanding feat, Capaldi dethrones Ed Sheeran’s “Subtract,” which had held the top spot for two weeks, now slipping to number two.
In other chart news, British metal band Sleep Token experiences their career-best performance with their album “Take Me Back to Eden” debuting at number three, marking their first appearance in the top 10. The album released under the Spinefarm label has been well-received by fans and critics alike.
Adding to the lineup of notable debuts, Def Leppard’s “Drastic Symphonies” in collaboration with the London Philharmonic Orchestra starts impressively at number four. The album, released under the Mercury label, showcases a unique blend of rock and orchestral elements.
Lastly, Swedish rockers Ghost achieve their third top 10 album in the U.K. with “Pantomime.” The album serves as a follow-up to their successful 2022 release, “Impera,” which peaked at number two. “Pantomime” enters the chart at number eight, further solidifying Ghost’s presence in the U.K. music scene.
Overall, Lewis Capaldi’s remarkable ascent to the top of the U.K. charts with “Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent” showcases his growing popularity and cements his status as one of the most successful artists in the industry. The album’s exceptional performance, along with the notable debuts by Sleep Token, Def Leppard, and Ghost, adds to the vibrancy and diversity of the U.K. music landscape.