You did read that correctly - Bradley Walsh's 'Chasing Dreams' outsold Zayn Malik, Blossoms and Jack Garratt.
Sadly, this isn’t April Fool’s Day. Bradley Walsh scored the biggest selling debut album by a British act in 2016 with his record Chasing Dreams. That’s right: TV presenter Bradley Walsh.
The 56 year old host of ITV gameshow ‘The Chase’ outsold the likes of indie act Blossoms, singer-songwriter Jack Garratt and even former One Direction star Zayn Malik to become the only new British act to achieve a gold record in 2016.
Chasing Dreams, an album of covers of jazz standards such as ‘That’s Life’ and ‘Mr. Bojangles’, in addition to the title track which is an original composition, shifted 111,650 copies since it was released by Sony CG in October, according to Music Business Worldwide. It reached no.10 in the British charts, but has remained popular enough to be the 57th best-selling album of the year.
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The Stockport fivepiece have made it a second week on top of the UK albums chart.
Blossoms are at number one again this week with their self-titled debut album. The band are now the first artists to score two consecutive weeks at the top spot in the UK albums chart since Adele's managed three in March with 25.
Blossoms are still on top of the UK albums chart
Last week the Stockport band said they were “made up” over the success of the album. Speaking to The Official Charts Company the band said: "We're absolutely made up that the album has gone to Number One. From the scaffolding yard to the top of the charts, who'd have thought it? Viva Stockport!”
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The five-piece are celebrating taking the number one spot with their first album.
Stockport five-piece Blossoms have hit number one on the UK album chart with their self-titled debut album. The band say they are “made up” over the success of the album, which outsold its nearest chart rival by 9,500 copies.
Blossoms debut album is this week's UK number one
Speaking to The Official Charts Company the band said: "We're absolutely made up that the album has gone to Number One. From the scaffolding yard to the top of the charts, who'd have thought it? Viva Stockport!”
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The month that signals the start of the festival season is here and looking better than ever. June, it's good to see you.
There are some genuinely huge and historic festivals cemented in the June festival calendar and London's Field Day continues to prove that it's worthy of cement-status. There's a lot to be praised when it comes to this festival; the organisation, the food, the drink and the atmosphere are all brilliant, but it all comes down to the line-up. There aren't any safe bets and no scheduling based on labels and budgets. This is a line up built on talent and potential.
Because of this, attempting to plan your day and ensure you don't miss the talked about set can be tricky, so allow us to help. As Field Day is now a two day extravaganza, here are the five sets to build your Saturday and Sunday around at this year's Field Day.
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There's an unspectacular, rusty-looking rollercoaster situated at the end of Brighton Pier. As the weekend drew to a close I hobbled past the miserable vomit-inducing eyesore and saw a young boy crying as he, also, hobbled off - he looked broken. That's when I realised; three minutes on this rollercoaster brings about the same feeling of tiredness, emotion and physical pain as three days at The Great Escape.
But, compared to this rollercoaster, The Great Escape is oh-so worth it.
There are some great multi-venue city festivals across the UK but The Great Escape still tops them all. It's the Big Dipper of the city festival. It starts with the organisation, the atmosphere aids it and the people confirm it. This is before we've even got to the line up.
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As I'm sure we are all aware, there just aren't enough lists and top tens on the ol' internet these days. "We need to talk about..." this, "Ten things you'll know if..." that. So, here I am, attempting to revolutionise the world of festival previews. Ready?
Here are the nine (yes, nine, not ten) artists you don't "have to see" at The Great Escape, because that's just rude and presumptuous, but should certainly scribble down on a bit of paper with your favourite HB pencil.
Mt. Wolf, St. George's Church, Thursday: 20:00-20:30
Undoubtedly one of the most exciting, emotive and atmospheric artists in the world right now; I'd be willing to put a few quid on Mt Wolf, in a church, being the highlight of your festival. Arriving in Brighton off the back of their brilliant EP 'Hex' and SXSW success, make sure you're at the church on time.
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More acts have been announced for the Wales festival.
All headliners for Wales' Festival No. 6 have now been announced, with Metronomy now heading the bill with Grace Jones and Belle & Sebastian. Further new acts have also been added to the line-up, while many more acts are yet to be announced.
British electronic collective Metronomy head the bill with Jamaican crooner Grace Jones and Glasgow pop group Belle & Sebastian as a host of other new bands are added to the festival line-up. The fourth instalment of this uniquely cultured festival is set to hit Portmeirion from September 3rd to 6th, bringing with it some fine artists such as Catfish & The Bottlemen, Jame Bay, Stornoway and Blossoms to name but a few.
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