Saturday 24 March 2018

Iron Maiden top album chart with The Book Of Souls

Iron Maiden are back at the top of the album chart after a five-year absence
Iron Maiden are back at the top of the album chart after a five-year absence

Heavy metal rockers Iron Maiden have landed the top spot with their latest album, five years after The Final Frontier in 2010.

The London-based band, led by frontman Bruce Dickinson, released their 16th studio record, The Book Of Souls, which went straight into Number One in the UK's Official Albums Chart with combined sales of just over 60,000.

The group's first double album and their longest to date, which was delayed while Dickinson recovered from tongue cancer, also topped the vinyl albums charts.

DJ Sigala, originally from Norfolk, toppled Justin Bieber from the number one place in the singles chart with his track Easy Love.

The track, which samples Jackson 5's 1970 Top 10 hit ABC, has racked up a combined chart sales figure of over 82,000 this week.

The producer, real name Bruce Fielder, told "This is so amazing. I had no idea this would ever be a Number One record. I wrote this song in my bedroom on a Sunday evening after a couple of beers. I had no idea it would go to the top of the charts!"

Meanwhile, Bieber earned a spot in history after his new single What Do You Mean? broke the UK's all-time streaming record, clocking up 3.87 million plays in the last seven days.

The feat means Justin overtakes previous record-holder Wiz Khalifa's See You Again feat. Charlie Puth, which counted 3.72 million streams back in April.

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