2013 was a good year as far as the performance of rock and metal bands in the UK album charts were concerned, with the likes of Paramore, Black Sabbath and Avenged Sevenfold scoring number one albums, topped off by others such as Bring Me The Horizon and Alter Bridge bothering the top 10 in impressive fashion.
2014 has begun much as 2013 left off with some fantastic news of rock chart success from one of our own home grown acts. Surrey rockers You Me At Six have taken the top spot in the album charts with the release of their fourth album Cavalier Youth. It is the first number one album for the five piece group, who have been out on the road promoting the album’s release with in store signings and gigs at HMV’s and other record stores across the British Isles. Cavalier Youth sold roughly 32,500 copies to top the chart ahead of Ellie Goulding’s Halcyon. Rocksins’ own Amanda Burns was lucky enough to get along to the Glasgow in store session, and our report of that will be available on the site tomorrow (we’ll update this post with a link then so keep your eyes peeled). All in all, a great start to life for You Me At Six on their new record label BMG!
Also taking big strides into the album chart this week are US metalcore group Of Mice & Men, who’s Restoring Force album has clocked in at an impressive 17, well inside the top 20. Welsh ragga metal group Skindred, who have just wrapped up their biggest ever UK tour to date (read a review of their Manchester show here) also scored highly, with their new record Kill The Power hitting number 28 on the charts. Both positions are career bests for Of Mice & Men and Skindred respectively.
You can see the full top 40 over at The Radio One website from the BBC on the following link – https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/chart/albums.