The Killers frontman narrowly beat Paul Weller
Alexandra Pollard

10:45 25th May 2015

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Brandon Flowers has achieved his second UK No.1 solo album with The Desired Effect, narrowly beating Paul Wellers' Saturns Pattern.

Flowers had four chart topping albums with The Killers between 2004 and 2012 - Hot Fuss, Sam's Town, Day & Age and Battle Born. In 2010, his debut solo album, Flamingo, also reached No.1.

Now his second solo effort, The Desired Effect, has achieved the same feat - finishing 5,000 combined chart sales ahead of Paul Weller's Saturns Pattern. Don't feel too sorry for Weller though - this is his 16th top 10 album.

Speaking to Gigwise last week, Flowers said, "I feel like I need to shake this idea that I'm just really arrogant. In the early days I was actually just really insecure, I would puff my chest a lot and say things I had no business saying. That's the shame of it all - it can stick with you."  

Watch Gigwise's full video interview with Brandon Flowers below

Meanwhile, last week's No.1 album, Mumford & Sons' Wilder Mind, is down to No.3, while Taylor Swift's 1989 is back in the top 5 thanks to the release of her star-studded 'Bad Blood' video, with Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour at No.5.

As for the singles charts, OMI's irritatingly catchy 'Cheerleader' is at No.1 for the fourth week, with Wiz Khalifa, LunchMoney, Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar and Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber completing the top 5.

Brandon Flowers kicked off his massive European tour last week, which saw him stopping off for two nights at London's Brixton Academy with support from Joywave. Full remaining dates are below. For tickets and more information, visit here.

Brandon Flowers will play:


May 25, 2015 - Usher Hall - Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
May 26, 2015 - O2 Academy - Leeds, England, United Kingdom
May 28, 2015 - O2 Academy - Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
May 29, 2015 - Le Trianon Hall - Paris, France
May 31, 2015 - Huxley’s - Berlin, Germany
June 1, 2015 - Paradiso - Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 2, 2015 - Ancienne Belgique - Brussels, Belgium
June 3, 2015 - E-Werk - Cologne, Germany
June 5, 2015 - Fabrique - Milan, Italy
June 7, 2015 - Debaser Medis - Stockholm, Sweden 

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