Dermot Kennedy secures second UK Number 1 album with Sonder

Dublin-born singer-songwriter debuts atop the Official Albums Chart, with further entries from Queen, Nickelback and more

Dermot Kennedy reaches the summit to claim his second UK Number 1 album with Sonder.

The Dublin-born singer-songwriter debuts atop the Official Albums Chart with his second major label  studio release, having previously scored a Number 1 record with 2019’s Without Fear. In doing so, Dermot became the first Irish act to top the chart with their debut album in over 20 years. Sonder also tops the Official Vinyl Albums Chart, selling the most copies on wax this week.

Speaking to OfficialCharts.com, Dermot Kennedy says: “I just want to say a huge thanks for all the incredible support, yet again. Thank you so much for your messages about the new music. I’m so glad you’re enjoying my second album, and I’ll hopefully see you soon!”

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Elsewhere in the Top 5, André Rieu and Johann Strauss Orchestra claim a new entry at Number 4 with Silver Bells; their collection of Christmas classics. The record becomes the Dutch violinist’s 13th UK Top 10 album to date. Explore André’s Official Charts history in full here.

Rock icons Queen celebrate a spectacular re-entry this week with The Miracle (6). The group’s 1989 album, which reached Number 1 upon its original release, returns to the Top 10 for the first time in 33 years thanks to an eight-disc re-issue containing previously-unreleased recordings. The Miracle also lands at Number 2 on this week’s Official Vinyl Albums Chart.

Get Rollin’, Nickelback’s tenth studio album and first in five years, provides the group their seventh Top 10 album (8). The Canadian rock outfit, comprising Chad Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Mike Kroeger and Daniel Adair, last achieved Top 10 success with 2017’s Feed The Machine (3). See Nickelback’s full Official Charts history here.

Mancunian rapper Meekz bags himself a career-best this week with mixtape Respect The Come Up (12), bettering the peak of his 2020 release Can’t Stop Won’t Stop (32). Meanwhile, heavy metal band Disturbed claim their fifth Top 40 album to date with Divisive (17).

WATCH Dermot Kennedy accept his Official Number 1 album award for Sonder:

Michael Jackson’s seminal 1982 Number 1 album Thriller makes a return to the Top 40 thanks to a 40th anniversary reissue this week (18), as David Bowie claims yet another posthumous Top 40 LP with his Moonage Dream OST (20). The LP record serves as the soundtrack to new documentary film of the same name by Brett Morgen; a work containing previously unreleased footage from Bowie’s archives, and the first film of its kind to be officially approved by Bowie’s estate.

With exactly one month to go until the big day, Michael Bublé’s Christmas makes a huge leap up the Official Albums Chart; vaulting 24 spots back into the Top 40 (26).

Alt-pop singer-songwriter Weyes Blood scores a career-best this week with her first-ever Top 40 record And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow (27), while N-Dubz see their Greatest Hits return to the Top 40 as they embark on a nationwide reunion tour (39).

And finally, country queen Dolly Parton enjoys her second Top 40 album of 2022 with greatest hits collection Diamonds & Rhinestones (40). Back in March of this year, Dolly saw similar success with her Run Rose Run LP (23).

See the full Official Albums Chart Top 100 here from 5.45pm.