Better late than never, right? The Official Charts Company have confirmed that 14 weeks after his debut album was released George Ezra has scored his first UK Number one.
‘Wanted On Voyage’ has hovered around the Top 5 since its release, but after trialling behind Jamie T in the midweek chart update, he took the lead at the last hour.
George Ezra finished in fifth place for the BBC’s Sound of 2014 and since releasing his album he has released two top 10 singles including ‘Budapest’ and ‘Blame It On Me’.
Speaking with OfficialCharts.com about the news Ezra said that “it’s amazing” because his album was released three months ago and has lasted in the top 10 since then – and is now at Number (1).
“Thank you so much to everyone that has bought it – I hope you’re having as much fun listening to it as I had making it. Keep your pecker up and all the very best!” he added.
‘Wanted On Voyage’ finished this week at number one by a lead of 10,000 copies ahead of Jamie T’s ‘Carry On The Grudge’, which is at Number (4).
At Number (2) on the Official Albums Chart this week is Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’, followed by Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ which climbs three places to Number (3).
Earlier this week the Official Charts Company confirmed that Sheeran’s ‘X’ had became the biggest selling artist album of 2014 so far.
Completing the Top 5 on the Official Albums Chart this week is Barbara Streisand’s new duets album ‘Partners’, which sits at Number (5).
Taking a look at new entries on the chart this week there are a total of 11 new albums, beside Jamie T’s ‘Carry On The Grudge’
Oasis are at Number (7) on the chart this week ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’ for the first time in 18 years, thanks to a deluxe reissue.
Meanwhile Prince features on the Official Albums Chart twice this week with with ‘Art Official Age’ at Number (8) and a collaboration with 3rdEyeGirl, ‘Plectrum Electrum’ which is at Number (11).
Genesis are at Number (10) with ‘R-Kive’, while My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way scores his first solo album in the Top 20 with ‘Hesitant Alien’ which is at Number (14).
At Number (16) is SBTRKT with ‘Wonder Where We Land’, while Britain’s Got Talent’s Lucy Kay has scored her first top 20 release with ‘Fantasia’ at Number (18).
US singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams is at Number (23) with ‘Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone’ while Marmozets are at Number (25) with ‘The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets’.
Finally, Abba’s ‘Live At Wembley Arena’ is at Number (30), The Levellers ‘Greatest Hits’ is at Number (32), and Cilla Black’s 2013 greatest hits collection climbs 22 places.
‘The Very Best Of’ is at Number (26) today on the Official Albums Chart following the success of the ITV Biopic ‘Cilla’ starring Sheridan Smith.