Dua Lipa’s ‘Radical Optimism’ Soars to the Top Spot in the U.K. Charts, Marking Her First No. 1 Album

‘Radical Optimism,’ an album by Dua Lipa claims the throne atop the U.K. charts. Garnering 46,300 chart units in its debut cycle becoming the biggest debut for a female British artist since Adele’s ’30’ in November 2021. 

Notably, it surpasses the opening week figures of other British acts this year, including Liam Gallagher and John Squire’s self-titled LP. Additionally, ‘Radical Optimism’ secures the title of the biggest opening week for any British act in the current year, overshadowing the debut of Liam Gallagher and John Squire’s self-titled LP. 

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The album’s popularity was largely down to collaborators including Caroline Ailin, Danny L. Harle and Tobias Jesso Jr, as they contributed to the creative inputs of the new album. Kevin Parker, the creative mind of Tame Impala, co-wrote and produced seven tracks, three of which cracked the top 10 in the United Kingdom: ‘Houdini,’ ‘Training Season’ and ‘Illusion.’

‘Radical Optimism’ is Lipa’s second consecutive U.K. No. 1 after ‘Future Nostalgia,’ which debuted in its second week and topped the charts for 204 weeks.

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Dua Lipa’s 2017 self-titled debut album has been on the Official Albums Chart for 354 weeks, peaking at No. 3. Taylor Swift’s ‘The Tortured Poets Department,’ which debuted at No. 1 for two weeks, is dethroned by Lipa’s most recent accomplishment.

The message behind Lipa’s third album, ‘Radical Optimism,’ has been focused on bringing her into the modern era, creating the necessary new narrative.

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