Chartwatch – Foo Fighters End Adele’s Record Chart Run

Weekly chart analysis from the Official Charts Company

It would have to take something or someone pretty big and important to knock Adele’s ’21’ off the No1 slot after almost three months. And so it has proved as ‘Wasting Light’, the latest album from modern day rock gods The Foo Fighters puts an end to Adele’s record breaking run.

Since their eponymously titled debuted album entered the Official Album Chart at Number Three sixteen years ago, the chart stats for the Foos have been impressive. The only release to fall short of the top ten of the Official Album Chart was the 2006 live acoustic album ‘Skin & Bones’.

They have also now scored three number ones. Before ‘Wasting Light’ there was ‘One By One’ in 2002 and ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace’ in 2007.

The Foos are arguably bigger now than ever before. ‘Wasting Light’ sold more in its first week on sale (115,000), than any previous album with the exception of ‘Echoes…’. The release of ‘Wasting Light’ has also seen the Foos total album sales pass the 4 million mark in the UK.

At Number 11 this week is a new album from another longstanding and respected US artist, but this time in bluegrass music – Alison Krauss and Union Station. Alison has never had a top 40 album with Union Station in the UK before, despite a series of albums that stretch back to 1989.

The interest in this new album is no doubt influenced by Alison’s last studio release, the highly successful collaboration with Robert Plant, ‘Raising Sand’. The 2007 album has sold close to 700,000 in the UK alone, reaching number two and spending over six months in the top 40.

In the Singles Chart, ‘Party Rock Anthem’ by LMFAO with Lauren Bennett and Goodrock proves you can still climb the charts these days, as it reaches the top spot after first charting 4 weeks ago at Number 22.

In a week of few new entries, the next significant movement is from Chris Brown. ‘Beautiful People’ climbs to number 8 from last week’s number 20. Meanwhile, the highest new entry this week is ‘Judas’ from Lady Gaga, which charts at Number 14 having only been released last Friday.

The Official Singles Chart is unveiled every Sunday on BBC Radio 1’s The Chart Show with Reggie Yates, from 4pm to 7pm; the half-time positions are rundown on The Official Chart Rundown with Greg James, from 3.30pm to 4pm each Wednesday on BBC Radio 1.

In turn, Jo Whiley provides a weekly summary of the Official Albums Chart every Monday between 8pm and 9pm on her BBC Radio 2 show.