Brandon Flowers pips Paul Weller to the top of the UK Albums Chart

The Desired Effect' becomes Flowers' second solo Number 1

Brandon Flowers‘ ‘The Desired Effect’ has narrowly beaten Paul Weller‘s ‘Saturns Pattern’ to top the Official UK Albums Chart this week.

The Killers’ frontman finished 5,000 combined chart sales ahead of Weller to claim his second solo Number 1, following 2010’s ‘Flamingo’, and sixth overall if you include The Killers’ four chart toppers: ‘Hot Fuss’ (2004), ‘Sam’s Town’ (2006), ‘Day & Age’ (2008) and ‘Battle Born’ (2012).

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Entering the chart at Number 2, ‘Saturns Pattern’ becomes Weller’s 16th Top 10 album. Elsewhere, last week’s Number 1 ‘Wilder Mind’ by Mumford & Sons is at 3, Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ stays at 4, and Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’, a long-time chart regular, is at 5.

Faith No More scored their fourth UK Top 10 album this week with Sol Invictus, which came in at Number 6, while Mariah Carey earned her first Top 10 album in seven years with the compilation ‘#1 To Infinity’ entering the chart at Number 8.

Earlier this week (May 21), Flowers was joined on stage in London by Chrissie Hynde. The singer played his first UK date since releasing ‘The Desired Effect’ at the O2 Academy Brixton

Hynde joined Flowers to perform ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’, the song she first released in as a member of The Pretenders in 1986, before the pair collaborated on new duet ‘Between Me and You’, which features on ‘The Desired Effect’. Watch the performances here.