Central Cee beat out competition from Tears For Fears and Avril Lavigne to land their first number one album.
The west London rapper secured his second mixtape, 23, at the top spot according to the Official Charts Company after finding success in streaming and also receiving strong support from physical sales.
The 23-year-old, who previously charted at number two with his 2021 debut titled Wild West, told OfficialCharts.com after achieving the title that “you can’t rush greatness.”
Its success means Tears For Fears narrowly missed scoring their first chart-topping album in 33 years.
The synth-pop band was formed in Bath in 1981 by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, both 60, and reached number one albums with The Hurting in 1983 and The Seeds Of Love in 1989.
Their new album The Tipping Point entered the charts at number two, making it the first Top 5 album by Orzabal and Smith since 1993’s Elemental.
It is also her first album since releasing Everybody Loves A Happy Ending in 2004.
Avril Lavigne also made a strong debut in the charts at number three with her seventh studio album “Love Sux”.
This is the Canadian pop punk singer’s sixth top 10 solo album and her highest charting record in the UK since she topped the charts with 2007’s The Best Damn Thing.
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Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr has clinched fourth place with his new work Fever Dream Pts 1-4, his highest-charting solo studio album to date.
The record, which is a collection of his two previous Fever Dreams EPs plus new material added, also peaked at number two on the Official Vinyl Albums Chart and the Official Record Store Chart this week, according to the Official Charts Company.
The additions mean Ed Sheeran’s album Equals has fallen from number one to number five.
Elsewhere in the UK Singles Chart, the soundtrack to the Disney film Encanto continues its long run of successes as the track We Don’t Talk About Bruno hits number one for the seventh consecutive week.
Written by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, the track was the first original Disney song to reach the top of the singles chart.
Two other songs from the Encanto soundtrack also maintain their place in the top 10 – Jessica Darrow’s Surface Pressure at number five and The Family Madrigal by Stephanie Beatriz and Olga Merediz slips to number ten.
Sheeran’s collaboration with Afrobeats singer Fireboy DML keeps him at number two on her track Peru.
While Lost Frequencies and Calum Scott’s Where Are You Now climb to number three, and Irish dance group Belters Only and Jazzy’s collaboration on Make Me Feel Good climbs to number four.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/rapper-central-cee-says-you-cant-rush-greatness-after-scoring-album-success-41413238.html Rapper Central Cee says after his album success: “You can’t rush to greatness”.