Pink Floyd beat Foo Fighters to Number One as band secure first chart-topping album since 1995

Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir are Number One in Official UK Singles Chart

Pink Floyd have secured their first Number One since 1995 in this week’s Official UK Albums Chart.

The band’s final album ‘The Endless River’ was released on Monday (November 10). Official Chart Company data shows that the album sold over 139,000 copies, making it the third fastest selling album of the year so far behind Coldplay’s ‘Ghost Stories’ and ‘x’ by Ed Sheeran.

A spokeperson for the band delivered this message to the Official Charts Company: “Pink Floyd [are] both thrilled and surprised at the level of international interest in this their final album. They want to thank the fans for their support and hope that in some small way, ‘The Endless River’ has reminded them of the old fashioned joy of listening to an album in its entirety.”

Pink Floyd’s success means that Foo Fighters‘ ‘Sonic Highways’ had to settle for the Number Two spot while Queen were new at Number Five with their album ‘Queen Forever’. The album features unheard material plus a collaboration between Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson.

There are a further seven new entries in the Official Chart Top 40 starting with X Factor judge Cheryl, who enters at Number Seven with her album ‘Only Human’. Elsewhere, new entries came from Rumer (12), Donny Osmond (17), Machine Head (18), Garth Brooks (23), Whitney Houston (33) and Royksopp (38).

Meanwhile, in the Official Singles Chart, Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir went straight to Number One with their official Children In Need single, a cover of Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’.

The track features vocals from a number of celebrity volunteers, including Jo Brand, Craig Revel Horwood, Linda Robson and Mel Giedroyc. Sales of the single reached over 120,000 in the last seven days and helped contribute to the £32,620,000 raised so far by Children In Need this year.