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'Glory Days' scores highest first week sales for a girl group since Spice Girls' 'Spiceworld'

Little Mix have beaten Metallica to this week’s Number One spot in the UK album chart.

The group’s fourth collection ‘Glory Days’ shifted just over 96,000 combined sales to bag the top spot – the highest first week sales for a UK girl group Number One since Spice Girls’ ‘Spiceworld’ opened with 192,000 in 1997. It is also the fastest-selling chart topping album by any girl group in the past 15 years, since Destiny’s Child’s ‘Survivor’ in 2001.

The album is the second fastest-selling LP of 2016, after David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ in January, which clocked up 146,000 sales.

Metallica’s ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’ came in at Number Two while Bruno Mars’ ’24k Magic’ was in at Three.

Earlier this week, Little Mix said they would love to play Glastonbury.

Little Mix – Shout Out to My Ex (Official Video)

Little Mix’s official music video for Shout Out To My Ex.

 

“We would love to do Glastonbury, it would be incredible for us to do that,” singer Jesy Nelson said. “‘I think we’d be able to get a new audience that maybe we don’t have, people who aren’t too sure about Little Mix. We could prove them wrong, change their mind.”

The girl group also recently responded to comparisons between their latest single ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ and US girlband G.R.L.’s 2014 hit ‘Ugly Heart’.

Many fans noted the similarities between the two songs when Little Mix debuted ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ on The X Factor earlier this month. G.R.L. then stoked the controversy with a tweet saying “#ShoutOutToUglyHeart”.

Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall said: “Every song is going to have a similar chord sequence, slightly similar lyrics and melodies. It happens all the time. It doesn’t mean that they’re not both incredible songs.”

Thirlwall then added: “I think maybe because it was a girl band as well. I just think people like to have something negative to say.”

Meanwhile, her bandmate Leigh-Anne Pinnock said that G.R.L.’s song sounds “a lot more country” than their own hit.

“I just think, stop trying to hop on the bandwagon,” Perrie Edwards added, before Nelson said: “Stop trying to get publicity!”

Meanwhile, in the singles chart Clean Bandit held on to the top spot with ‘Rockabye’ for the third week running.