Blur’s ‘The Magic Whip’ enters the UK Albums Chart at Number 1

Record is the band's sixth chart-topper

Blur‘s new album ‘The Magic Whip’ has gone straight to Number 1 on the Official UK Albums Chart.

The LP, the band’s first in 12 years, is their sixth chart-topper, following ‘Parklife’ (1994), ‘The Great Escape’ (1995), ‘Blur’ (1997), ’13’ (1999) and ‘Think Tank’ (2003).

Blur are currently promoting the record and on Friday night (May 1) performed their first show in New York for 15 years at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. The four piece offered up an intimate performance of the majority of their new LP, apart from the track ‘Ice Cream Man’ which they claim to have not worked out how to play live yet. The group finished the show with a three-song encore of ‘Beetlebum’, ‘Trouble in the Message Centre’, and ‘Song 2’.

Guitarist Graham Coxon has gone on record stating that ‘The Magic Whip’ is his favourite of Blur’s back catalogue. He told the Metro: “At the moment this is my favourite because it’s poignant – a lot of what Damon [Albarn]’s saying with the lyrics would maybe resonate with someone who’s my age, feeling dislocated by technology but also slightly enslaved by it, and worried about where it’s all going to end up. I feel like he’s saying the stuff that I feel”.

The band’s bassist Alex James has revealed that the band are sitting on enough material to release another new album, having only used half of the tracks they wrote for ‘The Magic Whip’.

Elsewhere on the chart, Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album jumped from 10 to 2, and James Bay’s debut album ‘Chaos And The Calm’ climbed two places to Number 3. Last week’s Number 1, ‘Stages’ by Josh Groban, has fallen to 4.

The Singles Chart has a new Number 1, with OMI’s ‘Cheerleader’ ousting Wiz Khalifa’s record-breaking track ‘See You Again’ from the top spot.