Foals on battling The Weeknd for Number One album: ‘It’s not something we ever expected’

Oxford band recently released fourth record 'What Went Down'

Foals have spoken about the possibility of achieving their first UK Number One album, with the group currently battling it out with The Weeknd for top spot this week.

The Oxford band released ‘What Went Down’ on August 28, their fourth record to date. It’s currently Number One in the UK Albums Chart, narrowly ahead of Canadian R&B performer Abel Tesfaye.

Speaking to NME at Reading Festival last weekend, the band said that while chart battles are mostly “for the label people”, it was nonetheless flattering.

“We’re kind of blown away that it’s currently at Number One,” frontman Yannis Philippakis said. “It’s not something we ever expected and feels great. The Weeknd is at Number Two, which is good for him as well, I guess. You know, life goes on.”

Guitarist Jimmy Smith added, “Every time [we release an album], the label say ‘Don’t worry nothing [else] is coming out this week, you’re going to get Number One’ and then last time [we were beaten by] the Les Miserables soundtrack. It was an extra kick in the balls to be beaten by a soundtrack.”

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Meanwhile, Philippakis recently denied Kanye West‘s recent statement that he’s the “greatest living rock star”. The rapper made the comments at the end of his Glastonbury festival set earlier in the summer.

However, the singer did say that he’s nonetheless a big fan of Kanye. “I do like him,” he told Digital Spy. I don’t think he’s the greatest living rock star, but I don’t know who is, so maybe he could be. He’s definitely a damn sight more exciting than a lot of people.”