Kaiser Chiefs top Official UK Albums Chart with ‘Education, Education, Education & War’

Leeds band score their second-ever No 1 with fifth album

Kaiser Chiefs have gone straight in at the top of the Official UK Albums Chart with their fifth album ‘Education, Education, Education & War’.

The Leeds band knocked off X Factor‘s Sam Bailey to score their second Number One album, their first since 2007 second album ‘Yours Truly, Angry Mob’ went to the top of the chart.

Singer Ricky Wilson, now well known as a judge on talent contest The Voice, the live final of which was shown on BBC One on Saturday (April 5). His decision to join the show divided opinion with some praising him for taking a move to put the band in the limelight, and other criticising him for ‘selling out’ for agreeing to appear alongside will.i.am, Kylie and Tom Jones on the show. The No 1 is perhaps proof he was right to sign up for the series.

Speaking NME when news of him joining The Voice was announced earlier this year, Wilson said: “I love my band and I want our new record to get noticed. I know that everyone is going, ‘He thinks he’s going to sell more records and more tickets.’ And that is why I’m doing it. I’m not a fucking idiot.”

The other highest new entry is Johnny Cash, whose ‘new’ album ‘Out Among The Stars’ went in at Number Four. The album, which is made up of recently discovered recordings from the 1980s found by Johnny’s son, John Carter Cash, has become the late singer’s highest charting UK studio album to date.

In the single chart, Aloe Blacc is the new Number One having knocked Aussie boy band 5 Seconds Of Summer off the top to claim his first Number One single with ‘The Man’. The 35-year-old US singer, whose real name is Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, made his Top 40 debut in 2011 with ‘I Need Dollar’, which peaked at Number Two.