Drake’s ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Beats Lil Nax X’s ‘Montero’ In Tight U.K. Chart Race

In a tight U.K. chart race, Drake’s "Certified Lover Boy" got a little more love than Lil Nas X's "Montero" to claim the title.

Drake’s ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Beats Lil Nax X’s ‘Montero’ In Tight U.K. Chart Race

The latest U.K. albums chart battle went down to the wire, as Drake’s Certified Lover Boy (XO/Republic Recordings) got a little more love than Lil Nas X’s Montero (Columbia) to reclaim the title.

Drizzy’s latest album rebounds 3-1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart, beating Lil Nas X’s debut LP by a margin of fewer than 500 chart sales, according to the OCC.

By week’s end, Certified Lover Boy was the most-streamed album in the U.K. while Montero was the market-leader on downloads, for its No. 2 debut overall.

Blasting in at No. 5 on the latest chart is Tion Wayne’s debut Green With Envy (Atlantic), bowing just ahead of Bob Dylan’s Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 (Sony Music CG), new at No. 6.

With its sprightly arrival, Springtime becomes Dylan’s 41st Top 10 album, as it racks up the most physical sales of the week.

English prog-rock veterans Genesis bag their first Top 10 album in seven years with the career retrospective The Last Domino (UMC/Virgin), new at No. 9, while Birmingham drill rapper M1llionz completes the top 10 with his debut mixtape Provisional License (Ten Percent).

There’s a notable appearance this week by NCT 127, whose third Korean-language album Sticker (Virgin Music) gives the K-pop boyband their first U.K. Top 40 appearance. It’s new at No. 40.

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran’s “Shivers” (Asylum) enters a second week at No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart. With his latest feat, Sheeran has dominated the chart for 13 weeks, a streak that includes the 11-week unbeaten run for his track “Bad Habits,” which was replaced at the summit by his latest hit.

“Shivers” outpaces Elton John and Dua Lipa’s “Cold Heart” (Pnau Remix) (via EMI), which leaps 4-2 for Elton’s highest-placed single since “Are You Ready For Love,” a remixed gem from the classic Thom Bell sessions, hit No. 1 in 2003.

The Montero effect can be seen on the singles chart as Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow’s “Industry Baby” vaults 9-3, a new high, while album track “That’s What I Want” is this week’s highest new entry at No. 10, and former leader “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” improves 47 spots to No. 16.

Finally, Taylor Swift’s surprise release of her rerecorded “Wildest Dreams” (EMI) is new at No. 25, for her 37th Top 40 appearance. “Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)” out-performs the No. 40 peak of the original version, released in 2015.

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Lauren Patten Thanks Trans and Nonbinary ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Colleagues While Accepting Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Lauren Patten called attention to the conversations around 'Jagged Little Pill's' gender non-conforming representation, thanking her nonbinary and trans colleagues, while accepting the award for best featured actress in a musical at the Tonys.

Lauren Patten Thanks Trans and Nonbinary ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Colleagues While Accepting Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Lauren Patten called attention to the conversations around Jagged Little Pill‘s gender non-conforming representation, thanking her nonbinary and trans colleagues, while accepting the award for best featured actress in a musical at Sunday’s 74th Tony Awards.

“It is such a joy to finally be able to celebrate all of these phenomenal artists in this room after this long, long pause. It is also a strange time for awards. We are in the middle of a reckoning in our industry. And first and foremost I want to thank my trans and nonbinary friends and colleagues who have engaged with me in difficult conversations, that have joined me in dialogue about my character Jo,” Patten said.

“I believe that the future for the change we need to see on Broadway comes from these kinds of conversations that are full of honesty and empathy and respect for our shared humanity. And I am so excited to see the action that comes from them, and to see where that leads our future as theatre artists in this country,” she concluded.

Patten’s comments follow the news that the show’s lead producers, Vivek J. Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David and Eva Price, had hired the external firm Jay Hewlin and The Hewlin Group to investigate allegations made by former cast members, including nonbinary actor Nora Schell, who alleged in a social media post mistreatment by stage management and other members of the show’s creative leadership in regards to their health care. The producers also announced they are immediately launching an external review of the show’s policies and procedures.

That followed a lengthy Sept. 17 statement to the production’s website and social media, acknowledging missteps in how they publicly spoke about and identified Patton’s character Jo, a lovestruck teen dealing with religious parents, their sexuality and a souring relationship while also going on their own gender journey, which has no confirmed outcome in the show. The letter also outlined significant changes to the productions on an off-stage approach to trans and nonbinary identities.

A day after the statement, Patten shared a video conversation with Shakina Nayfack, trans writer, actress and activist, to increase transparency around the conversations that were being had about Jo, and to be accountable for harm resulting from the erasure of Jo’s gender journey. Patten linked her comments to a broader conversation on Broadway about transparency and the production changes that have occurred in regards to representation, particularly over the last year.

“The truth is that I did not know as much as I should and stepping into something that I did know would resonate with a lot of folks — a lot of queer folks and a lot of trans folks,” Patten said. “I should have known more how to talk about it. I should have known how to exactly, as you said, affirm the experience without trying to be it.”

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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