Courteeners claim record as ‘St. Jude’ Rides to UK no. 1

Almost 15 years after its release, Courteenersdebut St. Jew (via Polydor/UMR) hits No.1 on the UK Albums Chart — setting a new mark in the process.

The debut album from 2008 blasts to the top of the Official UK Albums Chart, published Jan. 20, fueled by a 15th anniversary edition featuring remastered tracks, rarities and previously unreleased works.


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St. Jew becomes the album with the longest release-to-chart span at No. 1 in UK chart history, the Official Charts Company reports, doing so within 14 years, 9 months and 14 days of its initial release.

It’s the first lead for the Manchester trio and it sees them join the rarest of companies. Liam Fray, Michael Campbell and Daniel “Conan” Moores are collectively only the third act to be at No.1 with a reissued album. The others? The Rolling Stones (Goat’s Head Soup, exile on Main St.) and the Beatles (Abbey Road, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band).

St. Jew previously peaked at No. 4 back in 2008 and has three UK Top 40 singles: “Not Nineteen Forever”, “No You Didn’t, No You Don’t” and “What Took You So Long?”

Physical sales (97%) fueled the big week, which St. Jew tops the Official Vinyl Albums Chart.

Meanwhile, London rapper Clavish bows at No. 4 with his 28-track mixtape Rap game terrible (via Polydor), while former Supergrass guitarist Gaz Coombes scores his first solo top 10 with Turn the car around (Hot Fruit), his fourth effort. Turn the car around park at no. 6.

Liverpool indie rock outfit Circa waves score a fifth top 40 with Never goes under (Lower Third). The follow-up to the 2020s Sad happy (No. 4 top), Never goes under pops up at No. 15.

Finally Garthamlock, Scottish singer Joesef achieves a top 20 debut with his first album, Permanent damage (Bold cut). It’s new at No. 18.

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