Louis Tomlinson Finds ‘Faith’ at UK Chart Summit

Louis Tomlinson beat the boss to score his first solo UK No.1 album with Faith in the future (via BMG).

As a member of One Direction, Tomlinson topped the national album poll on four occasions, while his debut solo set, 2020’s Wallspeaked at No. 4.

Perhaps just as cute is the way Tomlinson claimed the crown. The pop singer’s sophomore year picked up speed Bruce Springsteen’s Only the strong survive (Columbia), a collection of soul covers, which debuted at No. 2 on the Official Chart.

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And he did it with one arm, after an injury sustained in a fall after performing at New York’s Irving Plaza. “Broken arm but UK number one Can’t quite believe it,” he wrote on his socials.

Springsteen is a chart goliath in the UK with 23 top 10 appearances, including 12 No. 1s — tied for third most among solo acts, behind Robbie Williams (14) and Elvis Presley (13).

Fewer than 1,200 chart sales shared the two albums at half wayreported the Official Charts Company.

Faith in the future is the week’s bestseller on wax, leading the official vinyl album chart.

Tomlinson is the latest 1D star to enjoy a No.1 on his own. The first to leave the boy band, Zayn Malik was also the first to score a solo leader with 2016’s debut My mind.

Harry Styles was next with his 2017 self-titled release and 2022’s third album Harry’s housewhile Ireland’s Niall Horan led along with the 2020s Heartbreak Weather.

Liam Payne is still waiting for his solo crown. His debut in 2019, LP1peaked at No. 17 on the Official UK Albums Chart.

Christmas is approaching. Expect the Bocelli family to provide the soundtrack to many a Brit’s festive season. A family Christmas (Decca), with grand opera Andrea Bocelli, his son Matteo and daughter Virginia, make a remarkable rise on the latest chart, published in Nov. 18. It flies 47-5.

There is also a bottled Christmas atmosphere Aled Jones and Russell Watson‘s Christmas with Aled & Russell (BMG), new at No. 14.

Finally Nigerian Artist Wizkid debuts at No. 16 with his fifth LP More love, less ego (Columbia), his fifth studio album. It’s just one spot off the Afrobeat act’s UK career peak, a No.15 best of the 2020s Made in Lagos.

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