Wigan band The Lathums have secured a UK number one with their debut album.
Their album, How Beautiful Life Can Be, outperformed fellow UK band Public Service Broadcasting as well as North American stars Drake, Olivia Rodrigo, and Lil Nas X.
It means that British bands have accounted for more than a quarter (28%) of album chart-toppers so far in 2021, compared to 17% in 2020 and 15% in 2019.
“It’ll take some time for this one to sink in,” frontman Alex Moore said.
“It demonstrates what it is possible for young British artists with a pure-hearted desire to reach people with songs like ours, making friends along the way and discovering that dreams can come true.”
“How Beautiful Life Can Be is about seeing the good in things, holding on, and overcoming adversity with a smile at the end.” Today, our grins could not be wider.”
According to new research from the BPI, which represents the UK recording industry, UK groups have topped the album chart for 11 of the 39 weeks so far this year. In total, there were nine in 2020, and eight in 2019.
Wolf Alice, Manic Street Preachers, Bring Me The Horizon, London Grammar, Royal Blood, and You Me At Six are among the other British guitar bands with number one albums in 2021.
“New British bands have been quietly breaking through in recent years, but this trend has really exploded in 2021, propelled by streaming and vinyl and fuelled by a new wave of brilliant guitar groups drawn from all over the UK,” according to BPI spokesman Gennaro Castaldo.
The Lathums also charted in the top 20 on the album chart in July 2020 with a compilation of their first two EPs, though it was not an official album.
They were then named to the BBC Sound of 2021 longlist at the start of this year, and in May, they opened for Blossoms at a joyous government pilot event in Liverpool, the first music festival to take place before lockdown restrictions were lifted.
Their album was recorded at the city’s famous Parr Street Studios, which was produced by The Coral’s James Skelly.
In other news, Ed Sheeran’s single Shivers remained at the top of the singles chart for the third week in a row on Friday.