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Liam Gallagher & John Squire’s Debut Collaboration Soars to Number 1 on UK Official Albums Chart

by Jonathan Currinn
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In a triumphant debut, Mancunian rock icons Liam Gallagher & John Squire have claimed the top spot on the UK Official Albums Chart with their eponymous collaborative album. The duo’s first LP together, aptly titled “Liam Gallagher & John Squire”. surged to Number 1, outselling their closest competitors at a remarkable rate of 3:1.

The album, boasting a total of 39,400 chart units, dominated across physical and download sales, with an impressive 94% attributed to these formats. Notably, “Liam Gallagher & John Squire” also secured the pole position on the Official Vinyl Albums Chart, with 45% of its sales coming from vinyl copies. Additionally, it earned the title of the most-purchased album of the week in the UK’s independent record shops, securing the top spot on the Official Record Store Chart.

Liam Gallagher, with this achievement, now adds another milestone to his illustrious career, boasting a total of 14 Official Number 1 albums. This collaborative endeavour with John Squire marks a significant chapter in Gallagher’s musical journey, following his successful solo career and iconic contributions to Oasis—where he has earned eight Number 1s. He also has five Number 1s as a solo artist, while he previously gained two more Top 5 albums as part of his previous rock band known as Beady Eye.

Known as the guitarist for The Stone Roses, John Squire celebrates a significant milestone with his first-ever UK Number 1 album, “Liam Gallagher & John Squire”. Prior to this collaborative triumph, Squire showcased his solo capabilities with notable chart positions for “Time Changes Everything” in 2002, where he reached Number 17, and “Marshall’s House” in 2004, where he gained the 90th position on the chart. His impact extends beyond solo endeavours, as The Stone Roses, the Manchester rock outfit he co-founded, amassed four Top 10 and eight Top 40 LPs.

However, it was with his 1996-1999 project, The Seahorses, that Squire achieved his best position on the UK Official Albums Chart. Their album “Do It Yourself” peaked at an impressive Number 2 in 1997, spending an enduring 49 weeks on the charts. Now, “Liam Gallagher & John Squire” stands as a crowning achievement in Squire’s chart-topping career, reinforcing his enduring influence in the music industry.

In an exclusive statement to Official Charts Company, Liam Gallagher & John Squire expressed their gratitude, saying, “Thanks to everybody that went out and bought this, it means a lot!”

The chart also features notable releases, including Bruce Dickinson’s solo record “The Mandrake Project” securing the third position and Yard Act’s “Where’s My Utopia?” debuting at Number 4. RAYE’s “My 21st Century Blues” makes a remarkable return to the Top 5 following her BRIT Awards success, vaulting an impressive 98 places. Her record-breaking success at the BRIT Awards where she became the solo artist with the most wins in a single night—six wins—also saw her rise on the UK Official Singles Chart.

Kaiser Chiefs’ “Easy Eighth Album” continues the band’s streak of Top 10 releases, claiming the sixth spot, while Everything Everything’s “Mountainhead” and Skrapz’s “Reflection” debut at Number 9 and 10, respectively.

In a diverse lineup, English musician Jacob Collier’s “Djesse Vol. 4” secures its place in the Top 40, marking a significant achievement in his multifaceted musical career at Number 26. We doubt this will be the last we’ll see of Jacob Collier, his trajectory in the music industry has been incredible to watch. This becomes the first time he has entered the UK Official Top 40.

Yet again, we’ve had another new Number 1 on the UK Official Albums Chart and it seems we’ll continue to see someone new atop the charts for a few more weeks before someone swoops in and significantly sticks to the top spot, even for a simple second week.

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