Foals in battle with The Weeknd for first UK Number One album

Band's new LP 'What Went Down' is currently outselling the R&B singer's 'Beauty Behind The Madness'

Foals are currently on course to land their first ever UK Number One on the Official Albums Chart.

The Official Charts Company reveals that the Oxford band’s new LP ‘What Went Down’ is just ahead of The Weeknd‘s ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’. The full chart will be announced on Friday (September 4).

Last week’s Number One, Jess Glynne’s album ‘I Cry When I Laugh’, is at Number Three with Ella Eyre’s ‘Feline’ and Motorhead’s ‘Bad Magic’ are at Numbers Four and Five respectively.


Foals’ last album, ‘Holy Fire’, went to Number Two when it was released in 2013. Foals played surprise sets at both Reading And Leeds festivals over the weekend, with organiser Melvin Benn later tipping them as future headliners.

Speaking to NME, Benn said that he is convinced that Foals will headline the festival one day, but confirmed that while one headline act is already booked for 2016 it is not the Oxford band.

Benn praised the band and said, “I’ve made no secret of the fact that I want Foals as headliners.” However, Foals rise to the top of the bill might not be as immediate as next year’s festival.

“Will it be next year – or the year after?” Benn added. “There’s no decisions on that, no discussions on it. Foals are an amazing band and they will be a future headliner.”