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U.K. CHARTS: BRING ME THE HORIZON FALL SHORT OF TOP SPOT

Stereophonics have pipped RCA priority act Bring Me the Horizon to the #1 albums chart spot in their home country of Blighty, according to the Official Charts Company. With just 1,300 sales between them, it was a close call. Stereophonics have bagged their sixth #1 album (out of nine releases) with the Stylus Records self-release Keep the Village Alive. Bring Me the Horizon reached #2 with fifth LP That’s the Spirit, which has still rewarded an upward trajectory for the Sheffield rockers, who were quite vocal about gunning for #1 this week. Sempiternal, their previous album (and major label debut) reached #3 in 2013 on first-week sales of over 9K. That’s the Spirit has sold nearly four times that since its release on 9/11.

A live Facebook Q&A, HMV signing sessions, an appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain and Steve Lamacq’s BBC Radio 6 music show are some of the things Stereophonics, managed by Nettwerk, have been up to this week. The band also curated a Deezer playlist featuring tracks from the new album and graced the cover of widely read free men’s magazine Shortlist, as well as announcing two intimate warm up shows for their 10-date arena tour in December. Their latest single, "I Wanna Get Lost With You," has had 1,258 plays across all U.K. radio this week.

Managed by Raw Power, Bring Me the Horizon released tickets for five extra tour dates in November on 9/16. UK promo during the first week of That’s the Spirit’s release included a spotlight placing on Amazon Music, interviews in Rock Sound, Metal Hammer and Kerrang! and signings in indie store Banquet Records and HMV. The record’s logo (an umbrella) was projected around buildings in London, and the band took part in a Deezer and Reddit Q&A. The LP was also released as a limited-edition box set. That's the Spirit's second single "Throne" has had 87 plays across U.K. radio during the past seven days.

Elsewhere, The Libertines score their fourth Top 40 with their first studio album in 11 years with EMI release Anthems for Doomed Youth at #3, while former chart-topper Atlantic's Jess Glynne’s I Cry When I Laugh slides two places to #4.

Justin Bieber is back at #1 on the Official Singles Chart after a week off with "What Do You Mean" stealing the spotlight from last week's #1 "Easy Love" by Ministry of Sound producer Sigala. The feat was achieved despite Sigala beating Bieber with higher radio airplay - "Easy Love" got 3,646 plays across all UK radio this week while "What Do You Mean" stood at 3,306 plays. There were 15,000 chart sales between Sigala and Bieber and "What Do You Mean" is the most streamed track of the week with over 3.62 million listens. Sigala isn’t available on Apple Music because MoS have yet to sign a licensing deal with the platform. Could Bieber’s Apple availability given him the edge?

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