Kings of Leon Build to Fifth Straight U.K. No. 1 Album With 'WALLS'
Kings of Leon have extended their run of consecutive U.K. No. 1 studio albums to five. WALLS (RCA/Sony) enters the new Official Charts Company ranking at the top, with combined units of 50,000. Elsewhere, British girl group Little Mix have a fourth No. 1 single in the territory with “Shout Out To My Ex” (Syco Music/Sony).
It was in 2007 that Kings of Leon first topped the U.K. album survey with their third set Because Of The Times. The sequence continued with Only By The Night (2008), Come Around Sundown (2010) and 2013's Mechanical Bull.
Sales of WALLS were three times those of its nearest challenger, Phil Collins' The Singles (Rhino/Warner), which debuts at No. 2, bolstered by his announcement of a 2017 comeback tour. Collins was last in the album top ten as a solo artist in his home country when Going Back reached No. 1 in 2010.
In an all-new top five on the album countdown, Keane frontman Tom Chaplin makes his solo debut with The Wave (Universal Island) at No. 3. The reissue of Oasis' Be Here Now (Big Brother) takes the former chart-topper back into the bestsellers at No. 4, some 19 years after it spent five weeks at No. 1. Irish rock outfit Two Door Cinema Club score a second consecutive U.K. top five album as Gameshow (Parlophone/Warner) comes in at No. 5, three years after Beacon reached No. 2.
Three more titles arrive inside the top ten, with British vocalist Rebecca Ferguson new at No. 7 with her fourth top ten album Superwoman (RCA/Sony). Blackberry Smoke's Like An Arrow (Earache) gives the group their first top-tenner at No. 8, and Katie Melua's In Winter (BMG) becomes her seventh top ten studio release in a row at No. 9. Justin Bieber's U.K. tour prompts a 15-10 rebound for Purpose (Def Jam/Universal).
Little Mix first topped the U.K. singles chart with “Cannonball” in 2011, reaching the summit again with the follow-up “Wings” and 2015's “Black Magic.” “Shout Out To My Ex” registers 95,000 combined units in only four days of sales after its release last Sunday evening, of which 67,000 are downloads, the highest download total for a No. 1 song this year.
James Arthur's “Say You Won't Let Go” (Syco Music/Sony Music) yields the top spot after three weeks, falling to No. 2, as “Closer” (Disruptor) by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey dips 2-3. The Weeknd's “Starboy” (Republic/XO/Universal), featuring Daft Punk, falls 3-4 and singer-actress Hailee Steinfeld climbs 17-5 with “Starving” (Republic/Universal), featuring Grey and Zedd.