Lionel Richie is back on top as he earned his first U.K. No. 1 album for the first time after 23 years!
Lionel Richie & The Commodores’ “The Definitive Collection” reached to the number one spot on the Official Albums Chart when thousands of fans raced out and bought the greatest hits collection after his wholeheartedly performance at Glastonbury Festival last weekend.
The album, which previously reached the number ten spot on its release in 2003 jumped 103 postions this week. This achievement made Richie’s first UK number one album since his “Back to Front” in 1992, 23 years ago.
Richie last topped UK charts in 1992 when his album, “Back to Front” compilation spent the last of six weeks at the top list. The singer previously reached the summit with Can’t Slow Down, which had spells there in both November 1983 and March/April the following year. The Definitive Collection first hit the chart at its previous peak at No. 10, and previously spent 45 weeks in the top 75; and now, it unexpectedly topped the chart.
The 66-year-old singer told Official Charts that he was overwhelmed performing at Glastonbury in front of all those people and for the fans to make the album number one is unbelievable. “The UK has always been a special place for me, thank you, I love you all.”
Meanwhile, the Glastonbury theme was continued by his Richie’s fellow performer, Florence & The Machine. The group fell back to No. 2 with “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Universal Island).”
The other stars of that weekend that enjoyed their sales increase includes James Bay, who rose 6-3 with “Chaos and the Calm (Republic/Universal), Hozier; 15-8 with his self-titled Universal Island set while Taylor Swift’s “1989” held firm at No. 4 spot and Ed Sheeran’s “X” at No. 5.
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