By Daniel Lane
Congratulations to Elbow who have gone in straight in at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart today with The Take Off And Landing Of Everything. Guy Garvey and co’s sixth studio album has knocked Pharrell Williams’ G I R L (sliding two places to Number 3 today) off the top spot after just one week.
Despite being national treasures, notably being asked by the BBC to write and perform the official theme song for the London 2012 Olympic Games, this is, surprisingly, Elbow’s first ever chart topping album here in the UK; the Bury-based group’s previous highest charting album was 2011’s Build A Rocket Boys!, which peaked at Number 2.
Replicating the performance of 2012’s Fall To Grace, Paloma Faith is new in at Number 2 on this week’s Official Albums Chart with her third studio album, A Perfect Contradiction. Bastille’s Bad Blood (down one to Number 4) and Arctic Monkey’s AM (static at Number 5) complete this week’s Top 5.
Metronomy score their first Top 10 album today with Love Letters. The quartet’s follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2011 album, The English Riviera, is new in at Number 7.
Dr Hook’s new collection, Timeless, enters at Number 11. The 40-track retrospective is the US band’s first Top 20 album in the UK in nearly seven years. Meanwhile, Brighton metallers Architects score their highest charting album to date with Lost Forever/Lost Together (16).
This week’s new entries are completed by a trio of acts making their Official Albums Chart debuts: East London MC Ghetts is new in at 23 with Rebel With A Cause, followed by hotly tipped Staffordshire singer/songwriter Dan Croll’s Sweet Disarray at Number 26, and pop rockers Room 94’s No Strings Attached enters at 28.
|1||THE TAKE OFF AND LANDING OF EVERYTHING||ELBOW|
|2||A PERFECT CONTRADICTION||PALOMA FAITH|
|6||LOVE IN THE FUTURE||JOHN LEGEND|
|9||IF YOU WAIT||LONDON GRAMMAR|
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