Iron Maiden’s ‘The Book Of Souls’ lands UK Number One

Their 16th studio album sold more than 60,000 copies in its first week

Iron Maiden‘s 16th studio album ‘The Book Of Souls’ has entered the Offical UK Albums Chart at Number One, selling just over 60,000 copies in its first week.

The album also tops the official vinyl charts, and marks Bruce Dickinson and co’s fifth UK Number One. All but two of their 16 albums have landed within the Top 10, with the most recent ‘The Final Frontier’ also hitting the top spot back in 2010.

‘The Book Of Souls’ was recorded during a period when vocalist Dickinson being treated for cancer.

“There are hundreds of thousands of people dealing with this every day,” he said, when talking about his illness. “It’s astonishing there aren’t more people jumping off bridges, you know?”

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On the album itself, Maiden pay tribute to Robin Williams on ‘Tears Of A Clown’. Dickinson said of the song: “I ask myself how could he be so depressed when he always seemed to be so happy.”