ABBA’s ‘Voyage’ Blasts to No. 1 In U.K.

With that hot start, Voyage is ABBA’s first studio set to hit the summit in 40 years, and tenth title overall.

Voyage’s U.K. tally is 90% physical sales, including 29,900 on wax, making it the fastest-selling vinyl release of the century, eclipsing the 24,500 first-week vinyl sales of Arctic Monkeys’ Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino in 2018.

Also, reports the charts compiler, ABBA notches a 58th total week at No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart, an effort bettered by only two other acts in history: The Beatles and Elvis Presley.

With ten No. 1 albums, ABBA are behind only seven acts on the all-time list: The Beatles, Elvis, Rolling Stones, Robbie Williams, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie.

Voyage is also the No. 1 album right now in Australia, and it debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, for the veteran act’s first U.S. Top 10.

As ABBA-Manics get a long-overdue hit of new music, the foursome’s record-smashing hits collection Gold lifts 16-9 on the current frame. Gold has logged 1,019 weeks on the chart, a feat no other LP can touch.

Further down the U.K. list, Sheeran’s=(equals via Asylum) dips 1-2, and James Arthur scores his fourth Top 3 album with It’ll All Make Sense In The End (Columbia), new at No. 3. Radiohead’s Kid A Mnesia (XL Recordings), a joint reissue of Kid A (from 2000) and Amnesiac (2001), enters the survey at No. 4, for the alternative rock legends’ eighth appearance in the Top 10.

Finally, Summer Walker completes the Top 5 with her second album Still Over It (Interscope). It’s the U.S. singer’s highest U.K. chart placing to date.