Abbey Road (The Beatles’s eleventh studio album) returns to Number 1 on this week’s Official Albums Chart, setting a new UK chart record.
Sets a UK chart record as the album with the longest time between reaching Number 1 on the Official Chart, at 49 years and 252 days. Its initial 17-week run at the top came to end on January 31st 1970.
The Beatles previously held the record with their Sgt Pepper’s album, which had a gap of 49 years and 125 days between topping the chart, when its anniversary re-release reached Number 1 in June 2017.
Celebrating the news,Paul McCartney said: “It’s hard to believe that Abbey Road still holds up after all these years. But then again it’s a bloody cool album.”
Abbey Road is also this week’s best-selling album on vinyl, shifting just under 9,000 copies on wax.
The Beatles’s eleventh studio album reclaims the top spot thanks to a special edition release to celebrate its 50th anniversary featuring previously unheard material from the recording sessions.
Meanwhile, last week’s Number 1, Why e? Why Not. by Liam Gallagher drops to 2, Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent to Number 3 following his recent BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Symphony and South London collective D-Block Europe at Number 4.