Lionel Richie scores first UK No.1 album in 23 years after Glastonbury performance
Iconic singer Lionel Richie has shot straight in at No.1 on today's Albums Chart UK Top 40 with Lionel Richie & The Commodores’ 'The Definitive Collection' following his triumphant set at Glastonbury Festival last week.
The record, which had previously reached No.10 after its release back in 2003, has climbed an incredible 103 positions this week, recording a 1763% combined chart sales uplift. The feat also marks his first UK No.1 album since 'Back to Front', 23 years ago.
Speaking to the Official Charts Company about the amazing charts success, Richie explained that it is an honour: "I was overwhelmed performing at Glastonbury in front of all those people and for the fans to make the album No.1 is unbelievable. The UK has always been a special place for me, thank you, I love you all."
Elsewhere on the UK Top 40 Albums Chart, Florence + The Machine’s 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful' is at No.2 and James Bay's 'The Chaos And The Calm' is at No.3. Taylor Swift’s '1989' holds firm at Number 4, while Ed Sheeran’s x (5) rounds out this week’s Top 5.
Meanwhile, Miguel makes his Official Albums Chart debut with 'Wildheart' at No.31 and AC/DC’s 'Iron Man 2 – OST' is up 36 places to No.23 this evening. Paloma Faith’s A Perfect Contradiction is at 27 and Slaves’ 'Are You Satisfied?' has re-entered at No.40.
Watch Richie performing at Glastonbury here:
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