Stereophonics beat Bring Me The Horizon and The Libertines to UK Album chart top spot

Welsh band secure their sixth Number One with 'Keep The Village Alive'

Stereophonics have earned their sixth Official Album Chart Number One with their ‘Keep The Village Alive’ holding off competition from Bring Me The Horizon and The Libertines to top the chart.

‘Keep The Village Alive’ was released last week (September 11) and entered a three-way battle for the top spot between fellow new entries Bring Me The Horizon’s ‘That’s The Spirit’ and ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’ by The Libertines. Official Chart Company data shows that the Welsh band triumphed by a margin of 1300 combined sales over Bring Me The Horizon.

Bring Me The Horizon were Number One in the Official UK Album Chart at the midweek stage but eventually charted at Number Two. Frontman Oli Sykes had previously warned that chart rivals Libertines and Stereophonics should be “worried” about them in the race.

Speaking to NME, Skykes explained that although he felt ‘That’s The Spirit’ would “be a big album wherever it gets to in the charts”, a Number One spot would introduce the band to more listeners and also be an important win “for rock music as a genre.”

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Also new in the Top 10 this week is the new album from Duran Duran. Their album ‘Paper Gods’ is new at Number Five. Richard Hawley is new at Number Nine with his new album ‘Hollow Meadows’.

US metal band Slayer score their ninth top 40 album with ‘Repentless’ (11) and Leona Lewis’ ‘I Am’ enters at Number 12. Stevie Wonder’s ‘Definitive Collection’ re-enters the chart at Number 19 after the viral success of his ‘carpool karaoke’ appearance on James Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’ earlier this week.

German operatic tenor Jonas Kaufmann scores his highest UK charting album this week with ‘Nessun Dorma – The Puccini Album’ (22) while Nero finish at 24 with ‘Between 2 Worlds’. Kwabs’ debut ‘Love + War’ is new at 26 and the debut album from Hollywood Vampires, the joint project of Alice Cooper and Hollywood actor Johnny Depp, in at Number 30.

Low (35), Beirut (37) and Gary Clark Jr (40) round off a busy week for new entries.

In the Official Single Chart, Justin Bieber is back at Number One with ‘What Do You Mean?’. Bieber temporarily ceded the top spot to Sigala’s ‘Easy Love’ last week (September 11) but returns to the top spot.

‘What Do You Mean’ is also the most streamed track of the week, notching up over 3.62 million listens this week.

Elsewhere in the Official UK Single Chart, south London grime MC Stormzy scores his first top 40 entry with his ‘Wickedskengman4’ new at Number 18.
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