Rex Orange County breaks through for its first UK number 1 with We do not care? (via Columbia), the alt-indie wonder’s fourth studio album, and second with RCA.
Born in Hampshire, England, Rex Orange County (real name Alexander James O’Connor) easily eclipses his previous record of a No. 5 for 2019 Ponyher major-label debut following two self-released efforts.
We do not care lead an all-new Top 3, beating Swedish rockers Ghost and their fifth studio effort IMPERA (Loma Vista), new at No. 2. IMPERA misses the crown, though it gives Ghost a new career high, improving to No. 10 for 2018 Prequel.
Meanwhile, Bryan Adams enters the rankings at No. 3 with So happy it hurts (BMG), for the Canadian rocker’s 11th UK Top 10 title.
Closing of the Top 5 is the fifth album by the Shires, 10 year plan (BMG). It’s new at No. 5, just ahead of American hip-hop artist Lil Durk 7220 (Ministry of Sound), new at No. 6. This is Lil Durk’s highest solo appearance on the Official UK Albums Chart.
In a week packed with new releases, Franz Ferdinand lands a sixth Top 10 with the Scottish indie band’s career retrospective, Head shots (via Domino Recordings), new at #7; Ella Henderson scores a second Top 10, like her second album Everything I didn’t say (Atlantic) bows to No. 8; while Liverpool guitar band The Mysterines make their debut at the highest level with Unwinding (Fiction), new at #9.
Finally, London-based Australian singer and songwriter Thomas Headon scores his first Top 40 appearance with his Victoria EP (via Warner Records), which midweek occupied a place in the Top 10 and entered the Official UK Albums Chart Proper at No. 23.