George Ezra’s Wanted On Voyage hits the Number 1 spot… 14 weeks after release!

British singer/songwriter George Ezra has hit Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart with debut LP Wanted On Voyage, 14 weeks after its initial release.

After trailing Jamie T’s Carry On The Grudge in the midweeks, Wanted On Voyage - which includes Top 10 singles Budapest and Blame It On Me - has pushed ahead in the eleventh hour to score George his first Number 1.

George tells OfficialCharts.com:

"It’s amazing that, over three months since my album came out, not only is it still in the Top 10 but it’s gone to Number 1. Thank you so much to everyone that has bought it – I hope you’re having as much fun listening to it as I had making it. Keep your pecker up and all the very best!"

Wanted On Voyage hasn’t once left the Top 10 since its release back in June and this week spends its 11th week in the Top 5.

Wanted On Voyage ended the week over 10,000 copies ahead of Jamie T’s Carry On The Grudge, which slips to Number 4 in today’s final scores. Carry On The Grudge maintains its position as this week’s highest new entry and gives Jamie T his third Top 5 album.

Up one place to Number 2 today is Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour, followed by Ed Sheeran’s X, up three places to 3. X was confirmed by the Official Charts Company this week as the biggest selling artist album of 2014, as well as being certified double Platinum by the BPI, having amassed sales of over 634,000 copies.

Rounding out today’s Top 5 is Barbara Streisand’s duets album Partners (5).

New Entries

Other than Jamie T’s Carry On The Grudge (Number 4), there are 11 new entries in today’s Official Albums Chart Top 40.

Britpop pioneers Oasis are at Number 7 with (What’s The Story) Morning Glory. The album re-enters the Top 10 for the first time in 18 years today thanks to a deluxe reissue.

Prince makes two appearances in today’s Official Albums Chart Top 40 with Art Official Age at 8 and collaboration with 3rdEyeGirl, Plectrum Electrum at 11.

Veteran prog rockers Genesis are at 10 with career-spanning box-set R-Kive, while My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way scores his first solo Top 20 with Hesitant Alien (14).

SBTRKT is at 16 with Wonder Where We Land, trailed by BGT alum Lucy Kay who scores her first Top 20 with debut release Fantasia (18).

US singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams scores a second Top 40 with Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone (23), as Marmozets make their Top 40 debut with The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets (25).

Finally Abba’s Live At Wembley Arena (30) and The Levellers Greatest Hits (32) also enter the Top 40 today, as Cilla Black’s 2013 greatest hits collection The Very Best Of climbs 22 places to Number 26 today, after the success of ITV’s biopic Cilla.

The Official Albums Chart Top 10 is as follows. Click here to see the Official Albums Chart Top 100 in full after 7pm.

1 WANTED ON VOYAGE GEORGE EZRA
2 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH
3 X ED SHEERAN
4 CARRY ON THE GRUDGE JAMIE T
5 PARTNERS BARBRA STREISAND
6 NO SOUND WITHOUT SILENCE SCRIPT
7 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS
8 ART OFFICIAL AGE PRINCE
9 THIS IS ALL YOURS ALT-J
10 R-KIVE GENESIS

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