Alt-J have secured their first Number One album on the Official UK Albums Chart this week with their new record ‘This Is All Yours’ (September 28).
The band’s second album beat off competition from Aphex Twin‘s ‘Syro’, which entered at Number Eight. Official Chart Company data shows that Leonard Cohen is new at Number Five with his new album ‘Popular Problems’, while Barbra Streisand, Sam Smith and George Ezra round off the rest of the top five.
Alt-J’s Mercury Prize winning debut album ‘An Awesome Wave’ peaked at Number 13 following its release in May 2012.
Celebrating his band’s success, Gus Unger-Hamilton of Alt-J said: “We’re over the moon to see our album at Number One. It was never something we thought we’d achieve, but it’s our fans who have put us there so we owe this to them.”
Elsewhere in the Official Albums Chart there are five further new entries including Joe Bonamassa (9) and Lady Gaga‘s duets album with Tony Bennett (10).
Other new entries came from Professor Green (12), Erasure (20) and Lenny Kravitz (21).
Meanwhile, the Number One spot on the Official Singles Chart belongs to Jessie J and her ‘Bang Bang’ collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande. The single’s success marks Jessie J’s third Number One following ‘Price Tag’ and ‘Domino’.
Elsewhere, Meghan Trainor has become the first artist ever to enter the Top 40 on streams alone. Her single ‘All That Bass’ is due for official release tomorrow (September 29) but is new at Number 33 this week after receiving 1.17 million streams across audio streaming services including Spotify, Deezer, O2 Tracks, Napster and more in the last seven days.
The other new entries on this week’s Official Singles Chart came from Shift K3Y (25) and Hozier (28).