Stereophonics earns eighth number one album in 25 years

Stereophonics scored their eighth number one album Oochya! in their 25th year as a group.

The Welsh rock band secured the top spot with their 12th album by beating their nearest rivals by 2:1, according to Official Charts Company.

This success places them among global superstars such as Taylor Swift, Oasis and REM, who have also achieved eight number one albums in their career.

The group, consisting of Kelly Jones, Richard Jones, Adam Zindani and Jamie Morrison, signed their recording contract in 1996.

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, the band released new album Oochya! March 4.

Accepting their number one album award, lead singer Jones told “Thank you very much, eighth number 1 on the official charts in the 25th year.

“There are a lot of people involved in the Stereophonics team, but there are only four of us. Thank you very much to everyone, to all the fans who have been with the band for a long time and to all the new ones.

Rock band Marillion follow behind to take second place with their twentieth album An Hour Before It’s Dark.

It is the Buckinghamshire-formed band’s highest entry since 1987, when their Clutching At Straws record equaled their peak at number two.

Ed Sheeran’s chart-topping album Equals hit No. 3, while rapper Central Cee drops to No. 4 with his second mixtape 23.

Dave’s second album We’re All Alone in This Together rose to number five after his very first arena tour.

While on the UK Singles Chart, the rapper took the top spot with his new track Starlight.

It’s the first song to debut straight at number one this year and it also had the biggest opening week for any track in 2022 so far with combined chart sales of 63,000. including 7.7 million streams, according to the Official Charts Company.

This ends the long streak of We Don’t Talk About Bruno from Disney’s Encanto soundtrack which had spent the previous seven weeks at number one.

Sheeran retains number two with his collaboration with Afrobeats singer Fireboy DML on their Peru track.

While Lost Frequencies and Calum Scott’s Where Are You Now remain at number three and the collaboration between Irish dance group Belters Only and Jazzy on Make Me Feel Good remains at number four.

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