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The Wombats achieve first UK number one with “Fix Yourself, Not The World”

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The Wombats scored their first UK number one album with “Fix Yourself, Not The World”.

The Liverpool trio released their fifth studio effort last Friday (January 14), with the following midweek chart placing it as the most physically bought record of the week up to that point.

Yesterday (January 21st), it was announced that the group had secured the top spot (via the Official Map Company), appearing above Ed Sheeran’s ‘=’ (number two) and Adele’s ’30’ (number three). The rest of the top five is made up of “Dawn FM” by The Weeknd (Number Four) and “Fragments” by Bonobo (Number Five).

Reflecting on their victory in a thread of tweets, Matthew ‘Murph’ Murphy and co. wrote: “It’s been an amazing journey since we started in 2003 and it’s a big milestone in our career.

“Thank you to everyone who helped us make this album, to everyone involved in bringing it to the world, to everyone behind the scenes, to our amazing live touring team, it really takes a lot great people who work hard to create and put out a released album.

They concluded: “A final thank you to all of our family, friends and fans for your support over the years, we couldn’t have done this without you all. Fucking number 1. We did it! Disclaimer independent forever D, M & T x.

The Wombats have already had three consecutive top-five albums with “This Modern Glitch” (number three) in 2011, “Glitterbug” (number five) in 2015, and “Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life” (number three) in 2018.

The band’s triumph comes amid a recent move into high-profile guitar bands. Last October, an analysis by the association of British record labels, the BPI, suggested that 2021 was on track to become the best year for British bands on the UK charts for more than a decade.

Newcomers The Lathums and The Snuts both claimed No. 1 in the UK with their respective 2021 debut albums, ‘How Beautiful Life Can Be’ and ‘WL’. Signatories to independent labels such as Architects (“For These That Wish To Exist”), Mogwai (“As The Love Continues”) and Wolf Alice (“Blue Weekend”) also reached No. 1 last year.

Meanwhile, rising Leeds outfit Yard Act are vying for similar success with their debut studio effort ‘The Overload’ (released yesterday, January 21).

Speaking in a recent interview with NME, frontman James Smith explained, “You have to look at your career head-on and be real about why you’re doing it. As long as you don’t start changing the songs you do because of it, it’s fine.

“We create music that creates connection. It’s off the beaten track, but it fits into the world of pop music. It’s on the radio and there’s choruses, so why not give it a try [chart success]?”