Royal Blood top album chart and announce UK tour

1 September 2014, 10:51 | Updated: 2 September 2014, 14:54

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Royal Blood have romped to number one in the album chart.

The Brighton duo's self titled album is the fastest-selling rock début in three years.

It sold nearly 66 thousand copies in the first week - the best figures since Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' début album in 2011.

Kate Bush - who is currently in the midst of a run of sold out shows at London's Hammersmith Apollo, her first in 35 years - has made chart history. The singer has become the first woman to have eight albums in the Official Albums Chart at the same time - she is also only behind Elvis and The Beatles for having the most albums to chart at once.

Two are in the top ten - The Whole Story (6) and Hounds Of Love (9) - while, 50 Words For Snow is at number 20, The Kick Inside is at number 24, The Sensual World is at 26, The Dreaming is at 37, Never For Ever is at 38 and Lionheart is at 40. Three other albums are at numbers 43, 44 and 49.

Official Charts Company chief executive, Martin Talbot, said: "Her new live shows have created a huge stir, but for them to help push her catalogue to make such a significant sales impact is further evidence of the love that the British public have for her music, from generation to generation."

Meanwhile, Royal Blood have announced some UK tour dates - including their first ever London headline shows at the Electric Ballroom.

 

Royal Blood UK Tour dates:

October                                              
27 – Dublin, The Academy           
29 – Newcastle, Riverside          
30 – Glasgow, O2 ABC                 
31 – Sheffield, Leadmill
               
November
2 – Manchester, Ritz                    
3 – Liverpool, O2 Academy         
4 – Birmingham, Institute            
6 – London, Electric Ballroom    
7 – London, Electric Ballroom    
8 – Cambridge, Junction             
10 – Portsmouth, Pyramids        
11 – Oxford, O2 Academy 1        
12 – Bristol, Bierkeller           

 

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 5 September. Buy tickets here.