It is true that the music industry of Hollywood is booming and hundreds of new artists are being chosen every day to showcase their talents. And yet, when it comes to music, we always look forward to the music industry of the UK. It has produced legendary groups like the Beatles, Queen, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, and ABBA. Beatles still hold the record for the best-selling album of all time with their Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club even after more than four decades of it being disbanded. Queen, Led Zeppelin and ABBA follow soon after. More recently it has launched the very famous boy band One Direction and solo artists like Adele.
However, this list is not only a compilation of albums released in the UK, but it is a list of the best-selling UK albums in 2018. Some of the names have already appeared in the 2016 but has decided to make an appearance again as the public have not yet had their full of the songs packed in them.
List of top 10 best selling UK albums in 2018
10. Chaos and the Calm- James Bay (Net Price: $ 21.99)
It is a debut studio album. Recorded by James Bay, the new English songwriter, and artist and produced and released by Republic Records, it hit the top of the charts as soon as it was released. It features the songs ‘Let it Go’, ‘Hold back the river’, ‘Scars,’ ‘If You Ever Want to be in Love,’ ‘Best Fake Smile’ and ‘Running.’
9. A Head Full Of Dreams- Coldplay (Net Price: $ 13.99)
It is the seventh album recorded in a studio by the rock band from Britain. It was released by Parlophone and Atlantic Records. For this album, the band collaborated with Beyonce, Tove Lo, Khatia Buniatishvilli, Noel Gallagher and Merry Clayton. These artists have special appearances all over the albums. The album has a small part of Barrack Obama singing ‘Amazing Grace’ at Clementia C. Pinckney’s funeral. The album contains the songs, A Head Full of Dreams, Birds, Hymn for the Weekend, Everglow, Adventure of a Lifetime, Fun, Kaleidoscope, Army of One and Amazing Day and Up & Up.
8. Views- Drake (Net Price: $ 11.49)
It a rap album from Canadian artist Drake. It is the fourth album by the rapper, and it was released by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records, and Republic Records. The singles on this album are ‘Hotline Bling’, ‘One Dance’, ‘Pop Style’, ‘Controlla’, and ‘Too Good’.
7. Blackstar – David Bowie (Net Price: $ 19.00)
This album is of massive sentimental value to the David Bowie fans worldwide. It was released on the singer’s 69th birthday, and the singer just died two days later due to liver cancer. The album has the songs ‘Blackstar’, ‘Lazarus’ and ‘I cannot give everything away’. The producer labeled this song as a Swan Song and named it a parting gift for his millions of fans worldwide. The news of his illness was kept a secret and the fact that the album was recorded while he was on his deathbed was only known to a few before its release.
6. I Cry When I Laugh- Jess Glynne (Net Price: $ 11.99)
It is the debut album recorded by British artist Jess Glynne, and it was released in 2015 under the label of Atlantic Records. It has the singles ‘Right here’, ‘Real Love’, ‘Hold My Hand’, ‘Don’t be so hard on yourself,’ ‘Take me home’ and ‘Ain’t Got Far to Go’. It did not get flying colors from music critics, but it did hit the right note with the audiences.
5. Lemonade- Beyonce (Net Price: $ 18.99)
It is the sixth full studio album released by the singer Beyonce. The album has a variety of genres like pop, rhythm and blues, hip-hop, soul, funk, country, gospel and even trap. It was released on the label, Parkwood Columbia.
4. Best of Bowie- David Bowie (Net Price: $ 17.54)
Even after his death David Bowie rules. This is the first one among his two recorded albums on the list. Even though his albums did not make it to the top of the list in the department of sales, it has significantly improved after he has passed. This almost like a posthumous award to his name.
3. Get Weird- Little Mix (Net Price: $ 15.99)
Get Weird is the third album recorded by new girl group Little Mix and it is released by Syco Columbia. The singles used for promoting this album were ‘Black Magic’, ‘Love Me Like You’, ‘Secret Love Song’, and ‘Hair’.
2. Purpose- Justin Bieber (Net Price: $ 13.98)
Even after being dubbed as a boy wonder gone downhill after his first successes, Justin Bieber manages to top the charts. It topped even Taylor Swifts 1989. The tracks included on the album are Mark My Words, I’ll Show You, What Do You Mean?, Sorry(which went on to become a really catchy teen song), Love Yourself, Company, No Pressure, No Sense, The Feeling, Life is Worth Living, Children, Purpose of which only three were used in the promotions.
1. 25- Adele (Net Price: $ 14.98)
Adele’s album was on the top of the best-selling lists in 2015, and it looks like it is going to continue that streak in 2016. The physical record sales are up to 523000 in the UK alone, and it is on the rise. If you consider the acquisitions from Apple music and other internet stores the sales has crossed the three million mark. It is the only album of recent times to do so in just one year, or rather the half of it. It is released by XL Columbia and is of the Soul pop genre. The album has the popular singles, ‘Hello’, ‘When We Were Young’, and ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’. It was the reflection of the singer’s life when she was 25 years old. Just like her song 21, the song is all about the erstwhile mentality. Unlike, Adele’s previous albums, 25 pack in some Rhythm and blues and electronic elements.
There goes the list of the best-selling UK albums of 2018. However, as the sales go up and down, the order on the list also fluctuates. Thank you for reading. We will keep you updated.