Friday 23 March 2018

Lionel Richie has first No1 album in UK chart in 23 years following Glastonbury success

Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie & The Commodores' The Definitive Collection stormed to number one on the Official Albums Chart after a triumphant set at Glastonbury Festival last weekend.

The album, which previously reached number 10 on its release in 2003, jumped 103 positions this week. The feat also marked Richie's first UK number one album since Back to Front, 23 years ago.

He told "I was overwhelmed performing at Glastonbury in front of all those people and for the fans to make the album number one is unbelievable. The UK has always been a special place for me, thank you, I love you all."

The Glastonbury theme continued as Florence & The Machine and James Bay were number two and three respectively with How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful and Chaos and the Calm.

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's 1989 held firm at number four, and Ed Sheeran's x stayed at five.

In the singles chart, Lost Frequencies scored a debut UK number one with Are You With Me.

The infectious dance track by the Belgian DJ/producer, real name Felix De Laet - a remix of country artist Easton Corbin's original - has previously topped the charts in Austria, Germany and Switzerland and first entered the UK Top 100 at number 97 four weeks ago, before steadily climbing to the top spot.

"When I produced Are You With Me in 2014 I did not expect it to grow this big," Lost Frequencies told "It's a real honour to reach the number one position in one of the leading music markets of the world. You can't believe how happy and proud I am. Thanks to all those who supported the tune."

Tinie Tempah's Not Letting Go featuring Jess Glynne slid one place to number two, and was followed by the week's highest new entry, Rita Ora's Poison, at three, which scored the singer her eighth UK Top 10.

Walk The Moon's Shut Up and Dance held steady at four, followed by the most streamed track of the week, Major Lazer's Lean On, featuring MO and DJ Snake, which has racked up 2.21m listens in the last seven days.

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