Kasabian claims number one album sixth in the UK and first since Tom Meighan’s departure

Kasabian grabbed their sixth UK number one with The Alchemist’s Euphoria album, their first release since the departure of former frontman Tom Meighan.

The Leicester-born rock group, which includes Sergio Pizzorno, Chris Edwards, Ian Matthews and Tim Carter, outsold their nearest rival by a 2:1 margin with seventh studio LP.

The album is the first to feature lead guitarist and songwriter Pizzorno as lead vocals since Meighan was fired in 2020.

Meighan dropped out of Kasabian after pleading guilty to assaulting teammate Vikki Ager, with his gang colleagues considering his behavior “totally unacceptable”.

With six topping albums, Kasabian outstrips British music legends like Pink Floyd, Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, Blur, Paul Weller, The Chemical Brothers and more, Official Charts UK says.

The band previously topped the charts with Empire (2006), West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (2009), Velociraptor (2011), 48:13 (2014) and For Crying Out Loud (2017).

Since its founding 25 years ago, Kasabian has transcended indie, Americana, space rock and more, elevating each genre to its fullest point.

Their new album is geared towards inspired dance music, DJ Shadow’s twisted hip hop and Boards of Canada’s experimental atmosphere.

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Meighan quits Kasabian after pleading guilty to assaulting teammate Vikki Ager (Jacob King / PA)

Elsewhere in the chart, Pale Waves also made a new Top 5 this week with Unexpected, the group’s third studio album, landing at #4.

The Mancunian indie-rock quartet, which includes Heather Baron-Gracie, Ciara Doran, Hugo Silvani and Charlie Wood, previously enjoyed success with their 2018 debut single My Mind Makes Noises and the 2021 LP Who Am I?

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The success of Baz Luhrmann’s biopic Elvis has meant that The King’s return catalog continues to grow.

His ELV1S – 30 Number 1 Hits collection, which topped the charts upon its release in 2002, broke into the Top 10 for the first time since January 2003.

This week marks 45 years since the legendary musician’s death, on August 16, 1977.

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