The Lathums got their first number one on the official albums chart with their debut album, “How Beautiful Life Can Be”.
The Wigan-based independent group rose to the top of the charts just a week after releasing their very first album, highlighting their impressive rise from local pubs to nationwide acclaim within two years.
In a statement, the group said, “It’s a very special day. We’re at number one and it’s an achievement that will be there, for everyone, forever. It’s upsetting, but our trip won’t just started and for us and you, our fans, this is a journey that we are on together.
“It is for our families who believed in us from the start, for all our friends who supported us along the way, and especially all those who bought and listened to the album, without you our dream of always not would not be possible. Guitar music is back in its place. “
The Lathums finished just ahead of another group, Public Service Broadcasting, whose record ‘Bright Magic’ saw them take second place, earning them the bestseller of the week in independent record stores.
Lathums frontman Alex Moore told OfficialCharts.com of the band’s victory: “We are four friends from Wigan who love to make music and are number 1 with our debut album, it will take a while for this to happen. this sinks.
“It proves what is possible for young British artists with a pure ambition to reach people with songs like ours, making friends every step of the way and finding that dreams can come true.
“‘How Beautiful Life Can Be’ is all about seeing the good in things, hanging on and going through tough times with a smile at the end. Today our smiles couldn’t be wider. Thank you.”
The top five of the official album chart ended with Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” in third, Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” in fourth and Lil Nas X’s record “Montero” in fifth.
Meanwhile, in the official singles rankings, Ed Sheeran won his third week at number one with “Shivers”, while “Cold Heart” by Sir Elton John and Dua Lipa retained second place.
‘My Universe’, Coldplay’s collaboration with K-Pop thrills BTS, was a new entry at number three, and the track was also the biggest seller of the week in both digital downloads and CD, with 27,000. pure sales in the last seven days.