Ed Sheeran knocked off top spot as The Vamps scoop first number one album
The Vamps have scored their first number one album, knocking reigning chart champion Ed Sheeran from the top spot.
The British band’s third record Night & Day surged ahead to debut at the summit of the Official Albums Chart after taking an early lead.
The Vamps – comprised of Brad Simpson, James McVey, Connor Ball and Tristan Evans – said: “The biggest of thankyous to our fans, this is all down to you. Thank you so, so much for all of your support.
“We love you and the second half will be coming very soon.”
The boys are releasing their record in two phases, with part one – the Night Edition – out now and the second part – the Day Edition – scheduled for release at the end of the year.
As well as winning the chart battle this week, Night & Day was also the week’s most popular album in independent record shops and is at the top of the Official Record Store Chart.
Sheeran’s dominance of the chart with his third album Divide had seen him spend 14 non-consecutive weeks at number one, and 20 weeks inside the top two.
This week, he is down into the second spot, while Rag’n’Bone Man’s Human climbs two places to three.
The top five is completed with two newcomers to the charts this week, grime MC Bugzy Malone with King Of The North in at number four, and John Denver’s The Ultimate Collection in fifth.
Over on the Official Singles Chart, Despacito – which this week became the most-streamed song ever – has finally been toppled by DJ Khaled’s Wild Thoughts, featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller.
Wild Thoughts had spent three weeks at number two, while Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Despacito, with Justin Bieber, had been at number one for nine consecutive weeks.
DJ Khaled’s song, which features Santana’s hit Maria Maria, is now his second number one single this year and is Rihanna’s ninth UK number one overall.
French Montana and Swae Lee’s Unforgettable remains at number three, Calvin Harris’ star-studded single Feels – featuring Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and Big Sean – is at number four and Jonas Blue’s Mama rounds off the top five.