Faith In The Future becomes Louis’ first chart-topper as a solo artist and fifth with his work as a member of One Direction. The phenomenally successful group reached No. 1 albums with Take Me Home (2012), Midnight Memories (2013), Four (2014) and Made In The AM (2015). Faith In The Future also tops the Official Vinyl Albums Chart, proving it to be the most bought record on wax this week, and it’s the biggest album of the week in independent record stores.
Speaking to OfficialCharts.com, Louis Tomlinson says: “My album is number 1 on the official charts – I can’t quite believe I’m saying that. I want to say a huge thank you for all the incredible support the fans have shown me over the past week and throughout my career. This is an absolute honor and not necessarily something I saw coming. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
To date, the One Direction boys have scored five solo albums together. Bradford-born Zayn Malik, who debuted in 2016 with Mind Of Mine, was the first to reach number 1. Next up was Harry Styles, who has celebrated two No. 1 LPs, with his 2017 self-titled release and 2022 record Harry’s House. Niall Horan also achieved a solo chart success with 2020’s album Heartbreak Weather.
Bruce Springsteen enjoys a number 2 debut today with Only The Strong Survive. The Boss’s 21st studio album – and his second collection of covers – earns him his 23rd UK Top 10 LP in his 47-year career.
Andrea, Matteo and Virginia Bocelli, whose family Christmas reaches 42 places in the Top 5 for the first time (5), get us in the festive mood at the beginning of this week. The record will be Andrea’s 13th Top 10 album to date.
Aled Jones and Russell Watson claim their third joint Top 20 album with their celebratory release Christmas With Aled & Russell (14). The pair previously achieved success with 2018’s In Harmony (8) and its 2019 follow-up Back In Harmony (7).
Elsewhere, Wizkid takes his second UK Top 20 LP with More Love Less Ego (16). Born Ayodeji Ibra’him Balogun Jr., the Nigerian superstar enjoyed similar success with the 2020 release Made In Lagos (15).
Little Mix’s 2021 hit collection Between Us now has over a year – 53 weeks and counting – in the Official Albums Chart Top 40 (28), while George Ezra’s former No. 1 record Gold Rush Kid rebounds 6 spots thanks to the release of its Special Christmas Edition (32).
And finally, as Taylor Swift sees unprecedented ticket demand for her 2023 The Eras Tour, her 2019 LP Lover returns to the Top 40 (39).