The Weeknd beats Foals to UK Albums Chart top spot

Oxford band miss opportunity to score their first-ever Number One album

R&B performer The Weeknd has prevented Foals from scoring their first-ever Number One album.

Despite the Oxford band leading in the midweek chart, the Official Charts Company has confirmed that The Weeknd, Canadian singer Abel Tesfaye, has taken this week’s top spot.

The Weeknd’s latest album, ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’, follows 2013’s ‘Kiss Land’ and features collaborations with Lana Del Rey, Ed Sheeran and Labrinth.

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Foals’ album ‘What Went Down’, their fourth to date, debuted this week at Number Three, behind last week’s Number One, Jess Glynne, now down to second.

Ella Eyre and Sam Smith complete this week’s Top Five, coming in at Number Four and Number Five respectively.

Speaking to NME at Reading Festival last weekend, Foals said that while chart battles were mostly “for the label people”, it was a “kick in the balls” to be beaten by the Les Misérables soundtrack when they released their last album.

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Foals played surprise sets at both Reading And Leeds festivals over the weekend, with organiser Melvin Benn later tipping them as future headliners.

Speaking to NME, Benn said that he is convinced that Foals will headline the festival one day, but confirmed that while one headline act is already booked for 2016 it is not the Oxford band.

Benn praised Foals and said, “I’ve made no secret of the fact that I want Foals as headliners.” However, the band’s rise to the top of the bill might not be as immediate as next year’s festival.

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“Will it be next year – or the year after?” Benn added. “There’s no decisions on that, no discussions on it. Foals are an amazing band and they will be a future headliner.”

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