Robert Plant scores this week’s Official Albums Chart highest new entry

Robert Plant claims the highest new entry on this week's Official Albums Chart with Lullaby And The Ceaseless Roar.

Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has scored this week’s Official Albums Chart highest new entry with his tenth solo album Lullaby And The Ceaseless Roar.

The LP enters the chart at Number 2 today after a nail-biting chart battle with Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour (Number 1). Lullaby And The Ceaseless Roar was leading this week’s Official Albums Chart race until the eleventh hour when it was just pipped to the post.

With a career spanning more than three decades, Robert has now scored 34 Official Albums Chart Top 40s, including 20 with rock legends Led Zeppelin.

Meanwhile, Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour continues to reign the Official Albums Chart, notching up it’s fourth non-consecutive week at the top.

After a headlining show at the iTunes Festival earlier this week, the singer’s debut LP has seen off stiff competition to score another week a Number 1, 16 weeks after its release.

Ed Sheeran holds firm at Number 3 with X, followed by Mercury Prize nominated rockers Royal Blood with their self-titled debut at 4. Rounding out the Top 5 this week is George Ezra’s Wanted On Voyage (5).

Climbing 42 places to Number 7 is Bob Marley & The Wailers'1984 greatest hits collection Legend. Legend first charted in May 1984 when it was Number 1 for an impressive 12 weeks and today, scores its first entry into the Top 10 for over 30 years.

New Entries and High Climbers

Other than Robert Plant’s Lullaby And The Ceaseless Roar (Number 2), there are 13 new entries in today’s Official Albums Chart Top 40.

US singer/songwriter Ryan Adams is at Number 6 with his eponymous fourteenth studio album, while rock group Interpol score their third Top 40 with El Pintor (9). Queen’s Live At The Rainbow '74 is new at 11, as Brit quartet The Kooks are at 16 with their fourth studio LP Listen.

'80s Scottish pop outfit Deacon Blue claim their ninth Top 40 with A New House (17), followed by BBC Sound Of 2014 winner Banks with her debut release Goddess (20), and Motown legend Smokey Robinson’s Smokey & Friends (21).

US soul singer Jhene Aiko scores her debut UK Top 40 with Souled Out (23), while Irish punk rockers Stiff Little FingersNo Going Back is at 28.

Status Quo’s The Frantic Four’s Final Fling – a live album of their 2013 reunion tour – is new at 34, while British boyband M.A.D’s self-titled debut is at 36.

Death From Above 1979’s The Physical World is at 37 and Paul Carrack’s The Best Of is at 39.

Finally, ELO’s 2005 greatest hits collection All Over The World – The Very Best Of climbs 34 places to Number 40 today.

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

1 IN THE LONELY HOUR SAM SMITH
2 LULLABY AND THE CEASELESS ROAR ROBERT PLANT
3 X ED SHEERAN
4 ROYAL BLOOD ROYAL BLOOD
5 WANTED ON VOYAGE GEORGE EZRA
6 RYAN ADAMS RYAN ADAMS
7 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
8 CAUSTIC LOVE PAOLO NUTINI
9 EL PINTOR INTERPOL
10 STARS COLLABRO

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