ABBA on their way to tenth number one as a group topped every first 40 combined
ABBA is on track to release its tenth number one album with Trip.
According to the Official Albums Chart midweek, ABBA topped the top 40 combined with 118,000 chart sales over the weekend.
The album, which is the band’s first in over 40 years, is also on track to be the year’s best-selling album having already achieved both the best-selling physical release and the biggest ever. Pure first week sales (which combines digital sales) of 2021 to date.
The official album rankings indicate that the band is also on track to achieve the biggest opening week for an album in over four years. To achieve this, the group must first beat Ed Sheeran’s first week sales. Equals, which stood at 139,000. Currently, the group appears to be on track to reach this milestone.
ABBA was the latest number one when its biggest collection of hits, Gold, returned to the top of the album charts in 2008. However, Trip is the band’s first studio release since 1981’s number one album,Visitors.
Elsewhere on the charts midweek, Ed Sheeran Equals is at number two, while Radiohead’s anniversary reissue Child A and Amnesiac – Kid A Mnesia, is at number three.
Reviews of ABBA’s new album were mixed. While The independent andThe temperature gave the album five and four starts respectively, others like The Guardian and The I gave the album only two stars. The NME and TheTelegraph awarded three stars each.
You can read more of the reaction to the release here.
Revision Travel, The Independents Helen Brown said: “Ulvaeus said that although there are two songs that he and Anderson have half written, this is the last one that we will hear from ABBA. They accepted the traumas and triumphs of their past with admirable honesty Trip. It’s a terrific, family-friendly assortment of a record that offers all of the classic ABBA flavors. I think we can let them go now. Tack for the music, guys!