Bring Me The Horizon have put rock back at No.1 after beating The Greatest Showman in this week’s Albums Chart battle.
Amo (RCA) powered straight in at the top, selling 26,934 units, according to the Official Charts Company. That was over 6,000 ahead of perennial chart-topper The Greatest Showman, which dropped to No.2.
“Genuine talent always rises to the top and that’s what this exceptional band has done,” said RCA president David Dollimore. “To achieve a No.1 on a sixth album release is an incredible result and both Sony and RCA send huge congratulations to BMTH and Raw Power. We are all looking forward to continued success with them in 2019!”
“The band and Raw Power are blown away by having a No.1 album,” added Craig Jennings, CEO of the band’s management company, Raw Power. “Thanks to everybody who has bought and streamed Amo this week. It means the world to us to have a No.1 in our home market”.
It’s a potentially significant breakthrough for the rock genre, which has struggled chart-wise in recent years, and the sector will be particularly buoyed by Amo’s streaming performance. It brought in 6,931 ‘sales’ from streaming, making it the second most-streamed album of the week (after Showman), highly unusual territory for a rock band. It also helped give regular singles market share champs RCA a more unusual week on top of the Artist Albums Sales market share charts with 8.6%.
The record also performed well physically, moving 16,415 copies (7,000 more than Showman) and vindicating the decision to have the album stocked in HMV, despite the retailer’s on-going administration. A solution to that, as exclusively revealed by Music Week earlier today, is expected in the coming weeks.
Bring Me The Horizon play their only UK show this year at All Points East festival on May 31. As well as headlining, the band has curated the line-up, which includes Run The Jewels, Nothing But Thieves and Idles, with more to be announced.
* To read Oli Sykes and Jordan Fish on the making of Amo, click here. To read Raw Power’s Matt Ash on the band’s global ambitions, see this week’s print edition of Music Week, available now, or click here. To read our 2018 Bring Me The Horizon cover story, click here. And to subscribe and never miss a vital music biz story, click here.