Sam Fender goes straight to Number 1 with debut album Hypersonic Missiles: “This is beyond dream territory”

The Geordie singer-songwriter leads five Top 10 debuts on this week's Official Albums Chart.

Congratulations to Sam Fender, who rockets to Number 1 on this week’s Official Albums Chart with his debut collection Hypersonic Missiles.

The Geordie singer racked up 41,000 chart sales to take this week’s top spot, 8,200 of which was on vinyl, making it the fastest-selling vinyl album of 2019.

Speaking to Sam said:

“This is beyond dream territory. I thought my dreams were complete when I played Jools Holland, never mind this madness. Thanks to all the fans. This is just the start.”

To celebrate the album’s success, Sam will play an intimate gig for loyal local fans at a secret Tyneside location tonight (Sept 20). In an interview with ahead of the album’s release, the BRITs Critics’ Choice winner also stated he would “jump in the Tyne” if he reached the chart peak.

Sam Fender presented his Official Number 1 Album Award by Alan Shearer

Hypersonic Missiles is the fifth debut album to top the Official Albums Chart this year, following Tom Walker’s What A Time To Be Alive, Dave’s Psychodrama, Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent.

MORE: All the Official Albums Chart Number 1s

Meanwhile, Real Life by Emeli Sande debuts at Number 6, the Scottish artist’s third Top 10 studio album, ahead of The Pixies’ Beneath The Eyrie at Number 7, their sixth Top 10. The Lumineers return with III at Number 8, and Nu Metal outfit Korn debut at 9 with their 13th studio album The Nothing.

Elsewhere, Charli XCX lands her highest charting album so far with Charli at 14, Metronomy claim their third Top 20 album with Metronomy Forever, and The Hu become the first ever Mongolian act to reach the Official Albums Chart Top 40 with their debut album The Gereg at Number 21.

Finally, South London rapper Dave’s Mercury Prize-winning album Psychodrama returns to the Top 40, climbing ten to Number 37.

See the full Official Albums Chart Top 100

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thierry henon


As coolocelot101 and hulnia wanted me to mention LIZZO this week, here i am!! Thank you guys for reminding me!! so nice of you, much appreciated... So LIZZO get THRUTH HURTS for a third week running at number in the USA!! Yeah, go girl...see you next week coolocelot101 and hulnia and let's talk more about the amazing LIZZO...


thierry henon


That is a nice surprise..Never expected the album to be number 1!! Very disappointed with EMELI and Charlie XCX: 2 great albums that should have been TOP 5!! EMELI had so much success a few years ago...seems like people lost interest in her songs!! she is such an amazing singer...shame really!!




She's number 2 in sales though, she was big just before the pivotal change in the charts.




'Hypersonic Missiles' definitely lived up to the critical acclaim it's been getting! :)

My favourite track so far is 'The Borders', but it appears 'Will We Talk?' is the fan favourite at the moment.