Sheezus Chart Superstar! Lily Allen cements comeback with Number 1 alb

Lily scores a second Number 1 album with her first release in five years.

Lily scores a second Number 1 album with her first release in five years.

Lily Allen has proved she really is the comeback kid, going straight in at the top of the Official Albums Chart with her third release Sheezus.

Lily, who came out of semi-retirement in late 2013 with the Number 1 Somewhere Only We Know, scored herself a second Number 1 album with the successor to her two million sellers Alright Still (2006) and It’s Not Me, It’s You (2009), beating her nearest rival by 10,000 copies.

Thanks to his bank holiday BBC documentary, Take That frontman Gary Barlow surges 36 places to land behind Lily at Number 2 with Since I Saw You Last, while last week’s Number 1, Caustic Love from Paolo Nutini, has to make do with a bronze, after enjoying three weeks at the summit.

Paloma Faith holds firm at Number 4 with A Perfect Contradiction, while American rockers Black Stone Cherry score their highest chart placing to date – Magic Mountain is new at Number 5 and id the band’s third album to make the Official Albums Chart Top 40.

New Entries and High Climbers

Apart from Lily Allen’s Sheezus (1) and Black Stone Cherry (5), there are seven more new entries.
Indie rockers Horrors return to the Official Albums Chart after a three-year absence with Luminous going in at Number 6. Their last album Skying peaked at Number 5 in July 2011.

After five years off our chart radar, Anastacia, the American diva with the big voice, returns with new album Resurrection at Number 9. It’s her fifth Top 10 album, and her first since Pieces Of A Dream reached Number 6 in 2005.

Ray Lamontagne scores his fifth Top 40 album in the UK – Supernova is new at Number 18, while Michael Bolton notches up a 14th Top 40 album – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough is new at Number 19.

Over eight years after its original release, Take That ’s hits collection Never Forget also feels the When Corden Met Barlow effect – it’s a re-entry at Number 21.

Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys scores his highest solo chart position this week with latest release American Interior – his fourth solo album is new at Number 24.

Natalie Merchant achieves a personal best in the Official Albums Chart this week – the American singer’s eponymous new album is new at Number 34.

Aloe Blacc certainly is The Man this week – album as Lift Your Spirit bounds back up 19 places to Number 10.

Biggest climber this week is legendary singer Meat Loaf, whose classic album Bat Out Of Hell rockets 135 places to Number 12.

Katy B’s former chart-topping album Little Red also leaps back up the Top 40, jumping 13 places to land at Number 17.

Swedish singer-songwriter also scores a big gain this week, zooming 86 places to Number 33 with new release I Never Learn.

The Official Albums Chart Top 10 is below. View the Official Albums Chart Top 100 in full after 7pm.

1 SHEEZUS LILY ALLEN
2 SINCE I SAW YOU LAST GARY BARLOW
3 CAUSTIC LOVE PAOLO NUTINI
4 A PERFECT CONTRADICTION PALOMA FAITH
5 MAGIC MOUNTAIN BLACK STONE CHERRY
6 LUMINOUS HORRORS
7 LOVE IN THE FUTURE JOHN LEGEND
8 EVERYDAY ROBOTS DAMON ALBARN
9 RESURRECTION ANASTACIA
10 LIFT YOUR SPIRIT ALOE BLACC

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