Liam Gallagher has plenty to celebrate. Not only has debut solo album, As You Were, rocketed to the top of the UK album charts, it’s also been revealed that the record is the biggest one-week vinyl sale in over 20 years.
As reported on Gigwise last week, Gallagher was dominating the UK album charts during the midweeks by outselling the remaining artists in the Top 20 by selling 79,000 units. It’s now been confirmed that he’s achieved impressive combined sales of 103,000 – and 91% of those were physical purchases and digital downloads. It’s also the most streamed album of the week.
Perhaps most impressive are the album’s vinyl sales. As You Were shifted 16,000 copies and in doing so has made for the biggest one-week vinyl sales in over 20 years.
The former Oasis singer was in a celebratory mood. Posting a video message and holding a Number One award in his hand, Liam crowed: “Well, well, well, what do we ‘ave here? I reckon it looks like a Number 1 record, brothers and sisters. Woohoo! I wanna thank everyone who bought it. I want to thank everyone who helped make it. As you were…”
Taking into account his own track record with Oasis, As You Were gives Liam his ninth Number One album. Doubtless he’ll take a measure of satisfaction knowing that As You Were’s first week sales doubled that of Oasis’ debut album, Definitely Maybe, which shifted 56,000 in its release week back in 1994.
Elsewhere in the charts, a-ha scored their seventh Top 10 album with MTV Unplugged: Summer Solstice which went to Number Six. Marilyn Manson, currently recovering after injuring himself during a gig in New York, gets his first Top 10 album in ten years as Heaven Upside Down sits at Number Seven while The Darkness’ Pinewood Smile is one place behind.