- By Mark Savage
- BBC music correspondent
Miley Cyrus has achieved a relatively rare feat in the UK – topping both the singles and album charts in the same week.
Her eighth studio album Endless Summer Vacation entered the charts in pole position, while her single Flowers spent a ninth week at number one.
It’s the star’s first number one album since 2013’s Bangerz.
That record also charted, alongside the multi-platinum selling single, Wrecking Ball.
Last Friday’s release of Endless Summer Vacation (which features two versions of Flowers) saw the song reclaim its title as the most-streamed song of the past seven days, overtaking viral hit Boy’s A Liar Pt. 2 by PinkPantheress and Ice Spice.
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Reviews for the album were generally positive, praising Cyrus’ vulnerability and singing ability, while lamenting that some of her rougher edges had been sanded off.
“The stream of honesty that flows through Endless Summer Vacation encourages the listener to hit play again on the record, and the stories here get even better on a second or third listen,” wrote Consequence Of Sound. “It’s cohesive without feeling repetitive.”
The album “holds your full attention, even if it’s not Cyrus’ boldest or most visionary,” said the NME, calling the songs a “remarkably intriguing” insight into her post-divorce state of mind.
Pitchfork noted that the record is divided into “AM” and “PM” sections, with the former, co-written with Harry Styles’ collaborator Kid Harpoon, trumping the “maddening” and “raspy” second half.
Two of the album’s standout tracks, River and Jaded, are also in this week’s Top 40.
Elsewhere, Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding claimed this week’s top new entry, with their trancey new collaboration Miracle.
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The song enters the chart at number three, marking it as Calvin’s 29th and Ellie’s 12th top 10 hit. It is also their third as a duo, following 2012’s I Need Your Love and 2014’s Outside.
Miracle is a strong contender for next week’s number one… but only gets one shot at the top. Ed Sheeran’s comeback single, Eye’s Closed, is out next week.
British Eurovision Song Contest entrant Mae Muller is off to a strong start as her single I Wrote A Song debuts at number 30.
That’s already an improvement on last year’s competitor Sam Ryder, who only made it to the top 40 after finishing second in Turin.
Muller is even the first British act to appear in the run-up to the Eurovision Song Contest since Blue in 2011.
I Wrote A Song is her first Top 40 single as a solo artist. She previously reached number 32 in 2021, as a vocalist on Better Days, a collaboration with producer Neiked and American rapper Polo G.
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“It was hard because I’m a bit of a chatterbox and I’m pretty open,” she said.
“But I told my parents because I didn’t think I could give them such a big shock.”