Michael Ball and Alfie Boe beat UK BTS albums title

Earlier in the year, Ball topped the singles chart with fundraising hero Captain Sir Tom Moore on their ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ charity cover.

With Christmas having a big impact, BTS opens at No.2 in the UK ranking with BE (Big Hit Entertainment), their fifth Korean-language album. This is the fourth Top 10 collection of K-pop stars in the Territory in the past two and a half years.

Meanwhile, AC / DC Power Up (Columbia) plunges from 1 to 3, and is one of five Australian albums in the Top 40, a list that includes Kylie Minogue Disco (BMG), down from 5 to 10; Nick Cave’s Idiot prayer (Bad Seed), new at # 18; Tim minchin’s Separate together (BMG), new at No. 27; and ARIA Award nominated newcomer, The Kid LAROI’s F ** k love (Columbia), down 19-33.

Former Head of Taylor Swift Folklore (EMI) benefits from a lift thanks to its vinyl release. Folklore leads the official vinyl ranking and jumps 37-4 on the all titles survey.

Neil Diamond and the London Symphony Orchestra’s Classic diamonds (Capitol), which shines at No. 5, for the 15th Top 10 collection of the American crooner; while heavy metal icons Iron Maiden bow to # 7 with live set Nights Of The Dead – The Legacy of (Parlophone).

On the official UK singles chart, Ariana Grande begins a fifth week at the top with “positions”. Grande’s seventh No. 1 leads an unchanged top three, ahead of Billie Eilish’s “Therefore I Am” (Interscope) and Little Mix’s “Sweet Melody” (RCA) respectively.

The new highest entry belongs to Miley Cyrus, whose “Prisoner” (RCA / Warner Records) with Dua Lipa begins at No.8.

Just behind is Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber’s “Monster” (Island) collaboration at # 9, and BTS rounds out the Top 10 with “Life Goes On,” new at # 10.

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