Iron Maiden Earns Fifth No. 1 Album in U.K. With 'The Book of Souls'
British rock mainstay Iron Maiden earns the fifth U.K. No. 1 album of its career -- over a span of 33 years -- with The Book of Souls (Parlophone). The new No. 1 single in the market is London-based DJ Sigala's "Easy Love" (Ministry of Sound), which samples the Jackson 5's "ABC."
New data from the Official Charts Company today (Friday) showed the Iron Maiden album recording combined chart sales of just over 60,000. The band first topped the survey in 1982 with The Number of the Beast. Jess Glynne's I Cry When I Laugh (Warner Music), which topped the chart two weeks ago, held steady at No. 2, while last week's No. 1, The Weeknd's Beauty Behind The Madness (XO/Republic/Universal Island), fell to No. 3.
Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal) improved 5-4 in its 68th week, while Polydor/Universal's South African-born, Australian-raised Troye Sivan came in at No. 5 with Wild. There was a No. 6 debut for Las Vegas metal band Five Finger Death Punch with Got Your Six (Eleven Seven).
Longstanding Norwegian trio a-ha landed a sixth U.K. top 10 album at No. 8 with Cast In Steel (We Love Music/Universal). Now That's What I Call Music 91 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) leads the compilation chart for a seventh week.
Sigala's single, which he says he wrote in his bedroom, had combined chart sales of 82,000 in the sales week ending Thursday (Sept. 10), taking it from last week's No. 71 to the summit. Justin Bieber's "What Do You Mean" (Def Jam/Universal) fell 1-2 as Jess Glynne's former No. 1 "Don't Be So Hard On Yourself" rebounded 5-3.
The top 10's big climber was "Peanut Butter Jelly" (Atlantic/Warner Music) by Swedish duo Galantis, which moved 15-8 in its eighth chart week.