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James Allan speaks out about chart battle with Metallica

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Glasvegas have spoken about their chart success today (September 14), saying that they never expected their self-titled debut album to chart as high as Number Two in the UK album charts.

Metallica beat Glasvegas to the top spot in the album charts today (September 14), with their album 'Death Magnetic' entering at Number One ahead of the Scottish band.

Speaking to NME.COM this afternoon, Glasvegas frontman James Allan said that getting in the charts was never on his agenda, although he was proud of the achievement.

"I don't think any kind of artist looks that far down the line and expects that [chart] stuff," he said. "You're giving yourself a hard time trying to make something special that's true to yourself."

Allan said he wasn't surprised to see Metallica bag the top spot.

"I was surprised at how many it [the Glasvegas album] was selling," he said. "But I knew Metallica were going to bring out an album in the same week. They're enormous.

"If it was the biggest RnB artist in the world [it would have been the same chart situation]. That's the kind of level they're at. They're the biggest metal band in the world."

The singer then went on to praise his bandmates in the wake of the chart announcement.

"I'm so proud of everybody who has been with the band, and the band themselves," he said. "Early on, especially with the accent, some people thought we were a joke.

"The things I was writing about when I was unemployed, the thoughts I was trying to express, now that's in a lot of people's minds. It's in their homes or it's in their cars or it's in a club."

See the NME chart news story for today's UK albums chart rundown.

Get the new issue of NME, out Wednesday (September 17), for an exclusive My Music feature with James Allan in which he reveals the records that influenced him.

Have your say on the final chart positions on the NME Metallica/Glasvegas chart blog now.

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