Friday was a good day for British grime star Stormzy – if not quite as good a day for the successful preservation of UK chart embargoes.
After a week of intense fan interest in whether Stormzy’s album ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ would reach number one, it was perhaps unsurprising that the celebrations started ahead of the official announcement.
According to the Official Charts Company, Stormzy took top spot with 69k combined chart sales (i.e. streams included) just ahead of Rag’n’Bone Man.
The OCC said that the album got “the most first-week streams for a number one album in chart history” – beating even Drake and Justin Bieber’s last albums.
Spotify quickly put some of its own figures to that: Stormzy beat its ‘first-week album streams by a British artist’ record with more than 18m streams last week, with all of its songs appearing in Spotify’s Top 50 chart on Saturday.
With Ed Sheeran managing the same feat, the pair essentially carved up Spotify’s chart between them. Stormzy also now has nearly 4.7 million monthly listeners on Spotify.