Taylor Swift Reclaims No. 1 on U.K. Albums Chart as The Eras Tour Begins

by Voinea Laurentiu

Taylor Swift is back in the spotlight, reclaiming the No. 1 spot on the U.K. albums chart. Her latest album, *The Tortured Poets Department* (via EMI), has surged to the top once again as the European leg of her The Eras Tour kicks off in Paris, France. This marks the third non-consecutive week that Swift’s studio album has secured the No. 1 position. Swift's tour will bring her to the U.K. in June, where she will perform at stadiums in Scotland, northern England, Cardiff, and London's Wembley Stadium.

Meanwhile, Kings of Leon make a strong entry with their new album, *Can We Please Have Fun* (Polydor), debuting at No. 2. This album is the top seller on vinyl for the week and marks the U.S. rock band's ninth appearance in the U.K. top 10, including six previous No. 1 albums. The band, consisting of brothers Caleb, Nathan, and Jared Followill, along with their cousin Matthew Followill, had led the midweek charts with this Kid Harpoon-produced album.

Dua Lipa's album *Radical Optimism* (Warner Records) has slipped from No. 1 to No. 3 this week. Meanwhile, U.S. rapper Gunna matches his career-best U.K. chart position with *One Of Wun* (300 Entertainment), entering at No. 4. This album equals the peak position of his 2022 release *DS4EVER*.

Further down the chart, Keane's debut album *Hopes And Fears* (Island/UMR) returns to the top 10 for the first time in nearly 20 years. Thanks to a 20th-anniversary deluxe reissue, the 2004 album, which originally spent five non-consecutive weeks at No. 1, reenters the chart at No. 7.

Lastly, Bugzy Malone from Manchester, England, achieves his sixth U.K. top 40 album with *The Great British Dream* (BSomebody), debuting at No. 13. Malone's previous albums have all reached the top 10, including *Walk With Me* (No. 8), *Facing Time* (No. 6), *King Of The North* (No. 4), *B.Inspired* (No. 6), and *The Resurrection* (No. 7).