Lewis Capaldi’s hugely successful debut album Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent has passed UK equivalent sales of one million. The Official Charts Company has confirmed that the set reached the milestone as it began its 68th week in the official album chart, all of which have been spent in the top ten.
The OCC reports that Divinely… is now the fifth longest-running chart album by a solo artist for consecutive weeks in the UK Top 10. Ed Sheeran has both of the top two positions on that list, with 76 weeks in a row in the top ten for ÷ and 74 for X. Adele’s 21 is next with 71 weeks and Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour has 69. Capaldi has overtaken Emeli Sande’s top ten sequence with Our Version Of Events, which totalled 66 weeks.
Only 20 albums in chart history have ever spent a year or more in the UK Top 10. Above Sheeran, there are nine other titles with longer sequences, of which the leader by a distance is the soundtrack to South Pacific, with 180 weeks. The Sound of Music is next with 164, followed by The King and I with 142.
The longest run by a non-solo, non-soundtrack release is the 92 weeks in a row in the Top 10 by Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water. That memorable release spent 33 weeks at No.1 and an aggregate of 135 weeks inside the Top 10.
The Scottish singer-songwriter’s first album has spent ten non-consecutive weeks at No.1 in the UK, in seven separate runs. Its first four weeks on the bestsellers were at the summit, in May and June 2019, and its most recent turn at the top came on the first anniversary of its initial spell there. Divinely… was the UK’s fastest-selling debut album of 2019 and the biggest-selling of the entire year.