They beat Royal Blood’s opening week with 4,000 sales.
Wolf Alice has scored their first UK number one album with ‘Blue Weekend’ and claims the biggest opening week for a British group in 2021.
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The London band’s new album, which came out last week (June 4), debuted at the top spot with over 36,000 chart sales – 14,700 of which were vinyl copies.
In addition, the four-piece – which dropped Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” to number two – overtook Royal Blood and claimed the biggest opening week ever for a British group in 2021.
“Blue Weekend” was one of three new releases to hit the top five, along with James’ “All the Colors of You” (number three) and Lil Baby and Lil Durk’s “The Voice of the Heroes” (number five). Dua Lipa’s ‘Future Nostalgia’ re-entered the top five landing at number four.
— official charts (@officialcharts) June 11, 2021
The band, whose first two albums (2015’s ‘My Love Is Cool’ and 2017’s ‘Vision of a Life’) both previously reached number two on the UK Albums Chart, said of the achievement of their new album: ” Roses are red, violets are blue, we always thought we’d be number 2 – but we’re not! Yes!”
Elsewhere on the charts, Crowded House claimed their highest-charting LP in 14 years, with “Dreamers Are Waiting” at number six, while further down the top 20, with Billy F. Gibbons of ZZ Top’s “Hardware” at number 18. And Rise Against opened on 19 with ‘Nowhere Generation’.
In a five-star review of the album, GranthshalaRyan Daly calls ‘Blue Weekend’ “another stone-cold masterpiece that cements what’s ahead” [Wolf Alice’s] British music is at its peak.”
Wolf Ellis will set a road record in the UK next January, when they perform in Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, London and other cities during the month. You can buy any remaining tickets Here.
“I can’t wait to play these new songs live, they’ll sound great,” the band said in a statement. “Joff’s pedal board literally sounds like an orchestra at the moment and you have no idea how sweet Theo’s falsetto is.”