Elbow have scored their third UK No. 1 album with Giants Of All Sizes. The Polydor release debuts today (18) on the new Official Charts Company sales chart in pole position, with sales more than double those of its nearest rival, Ed Sheeran’s No. 6 Collaborations Project.
Elbow previously hit the top of the British album chart with The Take Off And Landing Of Everything, in March 2014, and Little Fictions, in February 2017. Band frontman Guy Garvey told the OCC of the new success: “We’re over the moon. It never stops being amazing having a Number 1. I’ll be singing ‘Lucky Number One’ all day.”
The band’s first album Asleep In The Back debuted at No. 14 in the UK in May 2001, but was in and out of the top 40 in two weeks. In August 2003, the follow-up Cast Of Thousands entered at No. 7, during a three-week run in the top 40. In September 2005, there was a slight downturn as Leaders of the Free World entered and peaked at No. 12.
Then came the huge upswing in fortunes that followed Elbow’s victory with The Seldom Seen Kid in 2008. It led to a 700% increase in sales of the album, which had entered the chart at No. 5 in March that year. After their win, it catapulted back to No. 7 and became a chart fixture for months to come, regaining its No. 5 peak position in February 2009. By 2012, it had spent 144 weeks in the top 100.
The 2011 release Build A Rocket Boys! debuted at No. 2, charting for 51 weeks, and following the No. 4 peak of the b-sides compilation Dead In The Boot the next year, 2014’s The Take Off And Landing Of Everything became Elbow’s first No. 1. Little Fictions repeated the feat in 2017, before a Best Of album at the end of that year reached No. 11.
Giants Of All Sizes can be bought here.