Tottenham singer overtakes David Bowie and Dire Straits' career record with all-conquering '21' album
Alabama Shakes have entered the Official UK Album Chart at Number Three with their debut ‘Boys & Girls’.
The band, who released the record last Monday (April 9), topped the midweek chart on Wednesday (11), outselling nearest rival Adele’s ’21’ by 300 copies.
But Adele pulled back the deficit to return to assume her usual place at the top of the rundown, with last week’s chart-topper, Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’, taking the Number Two spot, according to the Official Charts Company.
Speaking to NME following the announcement of the chart, Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard said: “It’s totally unexpected but really cool. We started this as a project for ourselves and now everybody is joining in.”
We worked really hard with this album. It’s incredible to see it doing so well. A lot people are happy to see people do something that they love. We’re not going to change with this success.
The Number 3 placing comes just six months after Alabama Shakes were signed in the UK by Rough Trade – and is made even more remarkable by the fact the band have only played three UK gigs to date, a sold-out triple-header at London’s Boston Arms in February.
Meanwhile, in returning to the summit Adele has now overtaken a record jointly held by David Bowie and Dire Straits for the number of career weeks spent at the top of the UK Album Chart. The singer currently enjoys a tally of 23 weeks, that includes the one week ’19’ spent at Number One, plus 22 weeks for ’21’.
Elsewhere, Jessie J moved up four spots into Number 4 with her debut album ‘Who You Are’. Emeli Sande holds onto Number 5 with ‘Our Version Of Events’.
In the Official Singles Chart, Carly Rae Jepsen has held onto the top spot for the second week running by out-selling Justin Bieber, who came in at Number 2 with ‘Boyfriend’, two to one. The Canadian Idol contestant breaks the 100,000 sales mark with single ‘Call Me Maybe’.
Usher is back in the chart at Number 4 with ‘Climax’ and American indie pop band Fun have moved up 29 places to Number 7 with their track ‘We Are Young’ featuring Janelle Monae.