During the midweek update we brought you the news that rockers Avenged Sevenfold looked set to knock Britain’s Got Talent finalists Richard & Adam off the top spot with their new album ‘Hail To The King’.
Now after four weeks at the top, according to information from The Official Charts Company we can reveal that Avenged Sevenfold have topped the Official Albums Chart for the first time in the UK.
Richard & Adam had scored their first UK Number 1 album four weeks ago now with ‘The Impossible Dream’ (which falls to Number 4) but that dream is now over as Avenged Sevenfold rise to the top with their sixth studio album ‘Hail To The King’.
Avenged Sevenfold, Orange County rockers are M. Shadows (vocals), Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates (guitars), Johnny Christ (bass) and Arin Ilejay (drums) have now had their highest charting full-length album in the UK at Number (1).
The last album the band released ‘Nightmare’ only reached Number 5 back in 2010.
Editor-In-Chief of British music magazine ‘Metal Hammer’ Alexander Milas commented on the new Number (1) this week and said:
“This is a tremendous achievement, and it’s been a long time coming,” says Alexander Milas, Editor-In-Chief of British music magazine Metal Hammer, who have been following the band’s career for the last decade. “We’ve watched Avenged Sevenfold’s dogged ascent for years, and their tireless efforts have created the kind of fan base that money and clever marketing just can’t buy.
“Just a few months after Black Sabbath themselves hit the top of the Official Albums Chart, this is nothing less than a landmark, historic turning point,” he adds. “This isn’t just a hugely well-deserved triumph for the band though; in an age of market-driven A&R, it’s proof positive that rock and metal is here to stay. A long-ignored segment of the record-buying public has spoken. Avenged Sevenfold’s victory is a victory for us all.”
Elsewhere in the Top 5 this week ‘Hotel Cabana’ which is the debut album from Naughty Boy which is at Number (2) in this weeks chart and according to Official Charts Company sales information there were just over 1,000 copies between the top two albums. This is the closest album battle this year.
Previously, back in June just 225 copies were between Mumford And Sons’ ‘Babel’ and Michael Buble’s ‘To Be Loved’.
Ellie Goulding enters the Top 5 this week with her retitled album ‘Halcyon Days’ which climbs 23 places to Number (3) this week while ‘Another Self Portrait: 1969-1971’ by Bob Dylan debuts at Number (5) this week.
Taking a look at new entries this week in the Official Albums Chart there are three other new entries this week in addition to Avenged Sevenfold, Naughty Boy and Bob Dylan.
Franz Ferdinand return to the Official Albums Chart this week with their album ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’ which enters at Number (6) today.
Scoring his fourth Top 10 album this week is Newton Faulkner with Studio Zoo which debuts at Number (10) this week.
For Fisherman’s Friends this week they score their second Top 40 album with ‘One And All’ which is in at Number (29) this week.
Fisherman’s Friends also break a record in Official Albums Chart and British music today with the oldest member to score a Top 40 Album with 79 years young member Peter Rowe.
Speaking with OfficialCharts.com Peter Rowe said: “I retired as a fisherman in the late ‘80s and settled into the quiet life,”
“But singing with the guys keeps me young and I look forward to celebrating my 80th Birthday with the guys next month.”
Watch the official music video for ‘La La La’ by Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith below.