Passenger says ‘This must be how Leicester fans felt’ after beating Bruce Springsteen to Number One

James Arthur becomes the ninth single to reach No 1 this year

Passenger has beaten Bruce Springsteen to this week’s Number One album, denying Springsteen his 11th chart-topper.

Passenger’s album ‘Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea’ beat Springsteen’s new compilation ‘Chapter And Verse’ by just 704 sales. It’s the Brighton singer’s seventh album, beating the Number Three peak of ‘All The Little Lights’ in 2012.

Speaking about his win, Passenger – real name Michael Rosenberg – told chart compilers Official Charts Company: “This is so unbelievably exciting. When I saw that we were up against Springsteen and Shawn Mendes, I basically wrote off any chance of getting Number One anywhere. It’s a huge surprise and just the most amazing feeling. I think this is probably how Leicester fans felt last season.”

Shawn Mendes scores his first Top 10 album with ‘Illuminate’ at Number Three, followed at Number Four by Marillion. Their 18th album ‘Fuck Everyone And Run (F E A R)’ is their first Top Five album since ‘Clutching At Straws’ reached No 2 in 1987. Last week’s No 1 album ‘Wild World’ by Bastille is at Number 5.

There are seven other new entries in the Top 40. These come from Airbourne (9), a My Chemical Romance box-set (11), Warpaint (13), Joe Bonamassa (17), the latest David Bowie box-set (21), Billy Bragg And Joe Henry (28) and Vangelis (40).

On the singles chart, James Arthur gets his first No 1 single since his X-Factor chart-topper ‘Impossible’ in 2012. It’s only the ninth new Number One single of 2016 so far.

The Weeknd is a rare new entry inside the Top 10, with his Daft Punk collaboration ‘Starboy’ debuting at Number Three. It’s the first new entry inside the Top 10 not to feature Justin Bieber since June.

There are two other new entries in the Top 40. Dua Lipa‘s ‘Blow Your Mind (Mwah)’ debuts at No 38 and Craig David’s Sigala collaboration ‘Ain’t Giving Up’ is at No 39 ahead of his album ‘Choose Your Intuition’ coming out today.