Adele has claimed a 12th week at the top of the UK album charts with ’25’ – which came out 18 weeks ago – at the expenses of Mancunian rockers James, who were running her extremely close for number one earlier this week.
A number one would have marked the band’s return to the top of the charts after an 18-year absence, though they can take some consolation from being announced as the act that will open Glastonbury Festival in 2016.
Their new album ‘Girl At The End Of The World’ is nevertheless James’ highest charting release since 1999’s Millionaires (also number two). Their only previous number one release came through their 1998 ‘Best Of’ album. The new release is also their first top ten this century.
“We’re going to cut the ribbon and smash the champagne on the ship,” frontman Tim Booth said of the Glastonbury appearance earlier this week, where the band will also be joined by their chart conquerer Adele. James open the Friday morning on the main stage, with Adele headlining the Saturday night at Worthy Farm.
‘Girl At The End Of The World’ is James’ 14th studio album. The record was produced by Max Dingel (The Killers, Muse) and features a cameo from Brian Eno. It follows on from 2014’s ‘La Petite Mort’.
A press release describes the album as “both anthemic and euphoric, with its simmering electronica continuing James’ long connection to the dance floor”.