Stereophonics Edges Out Bring Me The Horizon to Top U.K.'s Albums Chart

Jatnna Nunez
Bring Me the Horizon performs onstage at the Vans Warped Tour Music Festival 2013 on July 12 in Camden, NJ.

Wales had a narrow victory over England in a close-run rock battle on the new U.K. album chart, published Friday by the Official Charts Company. Welsh long-runners Stereophonics entered at No. 1 with their ninth studio album, Keep The Village Alive, on their own Stylus label, just 1,300 combined chart sales ahead of Sheffield's Bring Me The Horizon, who came in at No. 2 with That's The Spirit. Meanwhile, Justin Bieber's "What Do You Mean" moved back to the top of the singles countdown. 

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Stereophonics now have six U.K. No. 1 albums to their name, a run going back to 1999's Performance and Cocktails. The new set is also their ninth top 10 album. That's The Spirit is nevertheless Bring Me The Horizon's highest-charting album to date, outdoing the No. 3 peak of 2013's Sempiternal. In an all-new top three, and completing the dominance of rock in the chart's upper echelons, the Libertines returned at No. 3 with Anthems For Doomed Youth

Jess Glynne's former No. 1 album I Cry When I Laugh dipped 2-4 in the new data. And Duran Duran debuted at No. 5 with their tenth top 10 title, Paper Gods, which started that sequence with their self-titled debut in June 1981.

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There were also prominent new entries on the album chart for English singer-songwriter Richard Hawley's Hollow Meadows and rock veterans Slayer's Repentless at No. 11. Now That's What I Call Music 91 began a ninth week at the compilation chart summit.

Bieber's single entered at No. 1 two weeks ago before being unseated by London-based DJ Sigala's "Easy Love." The pop heartthrob has now turned the tables, finishing the week 15,000 chart sales ahead of Sigala at No. 2. "How Deep Is Your Love" by Calvin Harris & Disciples moved back 4-3 as Glynne's "Don't Be So Hard On Yourself" fell 3-4. The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face" held at No. 5.