Charts analysis: Sam Fender rockets to summit

Emeli Sande and The Lumineers have both had No.1 albums, but first week consumption of new albums by the pair add up to a third as much as that of Hypersonic Missiles which, appropriately, rockets to a chart-topping debut for 25-year-old singer-songwriter Sam Fender from North Shields.

Hypersonic Missiles is Fender’s first full-length album, arriving 10 months after his EP Dead Boys reached No.184 on the album chart, and racks up excellent first week consumption of 40,913 units (including 7,420 ...

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