Josh Groban scores first UK Number One album

Singer tops the chart with Broadway covers album 'Stages'

Josh Groban has landed his first ever Official Albums Chart Number One with the Broadway covers album LP ‘Stages’.

The record, which includes collaborations with Kelly Clarkson, Chris Botti and Audra MacDonald, features tracks from a number of famous musicals, such as Les Miserables, The Wizard of Oz, Carousel, Chess and The Phantom of the Opera.

‘Stages’ is Groban’s seventh UK Top 40 album. His previous highest-placed LP was the 2013 release ‘All That Echoes’, which went to Number Nine. The singer has this week knocked previous Number One, Paul Simon’s ‘The Ultimate Collection’, to Number Two.

Elsewhere, long-time Album Chart fixtures, Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ and Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’, are at three and four respectively. James Bay’s debut album ‘Chaos And The Calm’ completes this week’s Top Five.

US rock group Alabama Shakes land their second UK Top 10 album with ‘Sound And Color,’ which has entered the chart at Number Six, while rapper Yelawolf makes his Official Chart debut with ‘Love Story’ at 25.