Manic Motorway Preachers win a shut battle for Number 1 on the First rate Albums Chart after a nail-biting breeze against Steps all week.
The Welsh rockers develop their second chart-topper with their 14th studio series The Extremely Shiny Lament, picking up 27,000 chart sales. It manner Steps resolve for second enviornment with What The Future Holds Pt. 2, the personnel’s fourth album to land within the runner-up slot.
Celebrating the info, Manic Motorway Preachers told OfficialCharts.com:
“It be improbable to be support at Number 1 after 23 years – it became as soon as a titanic chart battle and we are absolutely over the moon. Thanks to all our fans, supporters and Sony for keeping the faith.”
The chart battles echoes their tussle for the top enviornment support in 1998, when Manics’ This Is My Truth Recount Me Yours beat Steps’ Step One to Number 1 by a hefty 95,000 sales. The margin is critically closer this time, with correct 2,000 chart sales isolating them.
91% of Manics’ chart sales possess been bodily, including 6,300 copies on vinyl, which manner it takes the top enviornment on the First rate Vinyl Albums Chart.
Final week’s Number 1, Drake’s Certified Lover Boy, drops to Number 3, whereas two extra new releases land within the Top 5. The Stranglers’ Sunless Issues enters at 4, the Surrey rockers their first Top 10 since 1990, and The Vaccines land at 5 with Abet In Adore City, their fifth consecutive Top 5 document.
In other locations within the Top 10, a 30th anniversary reissue of Metallica’s 1991 self-titled album is new at Number 8, and Grammy-winning country/pop superstar Kacey Musgraves claims her second UK Top 10 album with superstar-crossed at 10.
Alt-dance band Saint Etienne beginning at 14 with their 10th studio album I’ve Been Trying To Recount You – their best doubtless-charting album in 27 years, since 1994’s Tiger Bay. Australian rock band Amyl & The Sniffers enter at 21 with Comfort To Me, and US indie band Low originate at 23 with Hello What.
Extra down, ska band Dying Of Guitar Pop land at 24 with Pukka Sounds; a deluxe model of Marillion’s 1978 album Fugazi is new at 25; prog artist Steve Hackett opens at 31 with Renounce Of Silence; Trapo by London drill artist K-Trap enters at 33.
Indirectly, Arlo Parks’ Collapsed in Sunbeams re-enters at Number 36 after winning final week’s Mercury Prize, enjoying a 253% uplift within the week following its win.