The Maccabees beat Lianne La Havas to Number One in Album Chart race

'Marks To Prove It' becomes the south London band's first chart topper

The Maccabees are celebrating their first Number One album after beating Lianne La Havas to the top spot in a close run chart battle this week.

The band’s fourth album ‘Marks To Prove It’ was released last week (July 31) and has gone straight to the top of the Official UK Album Chart today (August 7). ‘Marks To Prove It’ received support from famous fans on Twitter, with Florence + The Machine, Adele, Jessie Ware, Mystery Jets and Jack Penate all tweeting their support for the London band.

This proved decisive with the album outselling Lianne La Havas’ ‘Blood’ by 1300 combined sales. That album enters the chart at Number Two.


“We are very proud that our fourth album has given us our first Number 1,” guitarist Felix White told, “Thank you so much to everyone that bought it and for staying with us all these years.”

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Led Zeppelin have three new entries in this week’s Official Albums Chart with the deluxe reissues of 1982 album ‘Coda’ (9), 1976’s ‘Presence’ (10) and 1979 release ‘In Through The Out Door’ (12).

Joss Stone is new at Number 13 with ‘Water For Your Soul’ (13) while country pop duo The Shires score this week’s highest climber with their debut ‘Brave’, up 48 places to Number 24. Cilla Black’s ‘The Very Best Of’ (14) scores its highest ever chart position. Black died last weekend after suffering a stroke at her holiday home in Spain.

One Direction, meanwhile, have gone straight to Number One in the Official Single Chart with their new single ‘Drag Me Down’. The song is their first recorded since Zayn Malik left the group and earns the highest first-week streams for a single ever in the UK, racking up 2.03 million plays in its opening week.

‘Drag Me Down’ is One Direction’s fourth Number One on the Official Singles Chart; following ‘What Makes You Beautiful’, ‘Little Things’, ‘One Way Or Another’