After receiving near-rave reviews, the album has debuted on top of the UK Chart.
Remember Blur? The British rockers are back this week and topping the charts for the first time in a decade. Magic Whip, Blur’s first album in since 2003’s Think Tank was inspired by their travels in Asia.
Blur's latest album has been 12 years in the making.
The four-piece, which includes frontman Damon Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree, first announced plans to release a new album back in February.
It’s been a good week for album sales in general, but, according to the Official Charts Company, Magic Whip is outselling all other albums in the Top 5, put together. If it holds on to its position, it will be Blur’s sixth Number 1, following Parklife (1994), The Great Escape (1995), Blur (1997), 13 (1999) and TMohink Tank (2003).
Meanwhile, Taylor Swift’s record breaker 1989 has shot up from last week’s number 10 to number 2 this week. Elsewhere in the charts, James Bay’s debut album Chaos And The Calm jumped two places to Number 3.
Last week’s Number 1 Stages by Josh Groban is at 4, and Meghan Trainor’s Title climed from 7 to complete the Top 5.
Out of the top 5 – although does anybody really care about that? - US rockers Imagine Dragons rebound ten places to Number 10 this week with their second album Smoke + Mirrors, and Mark Ronson’s Uptown Special re-enters the Top 40 at 15.