David Bowie matches Elvis Presley's chart record, and Shawn Mendes stays at number one

Davie Bowie, who has 12 albums in the chart
Davie Bowie, who has 12 albums in the chart

David Bowie's chart domination continues this week, as he matches Elvis Presley's record of 12 albums in the top 40.

Blackstar, the album released just days before the singer's death from cancer on January 10, is at number one for a third week. Five other Bowie records are in the top 10: Best Of Bowie is at three, Nothing Has Changed is at five, Hunky Dory is at nine and The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars is at 10.

The Heroes singer is only the second act in official chart history to have five albums in the same top 10 since Michael Jackson managed six in 2009 after his death.

Elvis Presley had a similar effect on the charts after his death in 1977, and this is the first time his record for simultaneous entries in the top 40 has been matched. 

Elvis Presley


Completing the top five on the album chart, Adele's 25 is at two, while Justin Bieber's Purpose climbs a spot to four. Suede's new album Night Thoughts is the highest new entry. The group, who have just announced that they will headline the Radio 6 Music festival this summer, return to the charts after nearly six years with their seventh album, which enters at number six. 

Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes maintains his place at the top of the singles charts with debut track Stitches. Though the contest between Mendes's song and Justin Bieber's single Love Yourself was very tight last week, Stitches was ahead by over 13,000 sales this week.

Shawn Mendes


Rounding off this week's top five are Justin Bieber's Sorry at four and All My Friends by electronic R'n'B duo Snakehips ft Tinashe & Chance The Rapper, which climbs three spots to hit a new high at number five.

Little Mix's Secret Love Song ft Jason Derulo continues to scale the chart, jumping four places to number 12, and Rihanna's Work is new at number 13 following its surprise release on Wednesday, which came ahead of her unplanned album release on Thursday.