The 1975 score their first UK Number 1 with their self titled album

by Martin


Manchester-based band The 1975 (who are shortly due to perform at the iTunes Festival) have went straight to the top of the Official Albums Chart according to information from the Official Charts Company.

The band who are fronted by Matthew Healy (son of Benidorm actor Tim Healy and Loose Women presenter Denise Welch) have taken the top spot from US Rockers  Avenged Sevenfold who only managed to score one week at the top with ‘Hail To The King’.

The 1975 have already seen great success with their three of their singles which have reached the Top 40 in the UK – ‘Chocolate’  which reached Number (19), ‘The City’ which reached Number (30) and ‘Sex’ which reached Number (34).

Celebrations will be well underway this evening as the band take to the stage at the iTunes Festival in London at 7:45pm ahead of headliners Bastille at 9pm.

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The 1975 outsold their closest competitor ‘Hesitation Marks’ by Nine Inch Nails which sits at Number (2) by more than two and a half copies to one.

For Nine Inch Nails ‘Hesitation Marks’ (Number 2 this week) is the US bands fourth Top 10 album and has peaked one place higher than their 2005 offering ‘With Teeth’ which got to Number 3.

Elsewhere in the Official Albums Chart Top 5 this week are Rizzle Kicks, who are new in this week with their second album ‘Roaring 20s’ which is at Number (3) while ‘The Impossible by Britain’s Got Talent finalists Richard and Adam is at Number (4).


Finishing the Top 5 this week is Halcyon by Ellie Goulding who previously had the UK Number 1 single with ‘Roar’ until Katy Perry took the title.

Looking at new album entries this week in the Official Albums Chart there are six in total starting with Ariana Grande who makes her chart debut in the UK today with ‘Yours Truly’ which is at Number (7).

Scoring their second Top 10 album this week is Babyshambles with ‘Sequel To The Prequel’ which is at Number (10) while unsigned duo Krept & Konan debut in the Top 20 with ‘Young Kingz’ which enters at Number (19).

The ‘Best Of collection, The 50 Greatest Tracks’ by Luciano Pavarotti is new this week at Number (20) while ‘Love In The Future’ by John Legend enters at Number (28) and UB40 enter at Number (29) with ‘Getting Over The Storm’

Make sure you watch tonights iTunes Festival to see this weeks Number 1 ‘The 1975’ perform at 7:45pm.

If you haven’t heard them before then watch them perform a special cover of One Direction’s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge.