Released to celebrate 25 years since Lisa, Faye, H, Claire and Lee first reunited, Steps can now celebrate an extra milestone today; becoming the first mixed British group to achieve a number 1 album in four consecutive decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s). In doing so, Steps joins a very select club; Other bands to achieve this feat include the Rolling Stones (the first to do so, they have since become the first band to score number 1 albums in six separate decades), Stereophonics and ABBA. While fellow pop legend Kylie Minogue became the first female artist to land a number 1 album in five different decades with the release of DISCO in November 2020.
Steps previously held No. 1 on the Official Albums Chart with Steptacular (1999), Gold: Greatest Hits (2001), and The Ultimate Collection (2011).
Speaking exclusively to OfficialCharts.com, Steps said:
“We couldn’t be more delighted to have our Platinum Collection be the official number 1 album in the UK this week! We have the best fans in the world, and it’s all thanks to their incredible support.
“It’s amazing to think we’ve now broken records, becoming the first UK co-ed band to score four number 1 albums in four consecutive decades! What a way to celebrate our 25th anniversary!
After a three-way chart battle this week against Aitch and Madonna, Steps established itself as the most physically purchased and digitally downloaded album of the week in the UK.
The most streamed record of the week comes courtesy of Mancunian rapper Aitch who not only achieves his highest project to date on the Official Albums Chart, with debut studio album Close To Home debuting at number 2, it also claims a ranking first.
Aitch’s Close To Home becomes the first album to chart on the UK Official Albums Chart to include NFT technology, setting an exciting precedent for future artists to follow. Aitch fans can select a unique NFT collectible artwork paired with a physical copy of the album. The historic moment comes just months after The Amazons’ next album was announced as the first-ever release featuring NFT content to be approved for UK Official Albums Chart eligibility – that record is set to drop next month.
Further down, Queen of Pop Madonna lands her mammoth 23rd UK Top 10 album with the greatest hits collection Finally Enough Love, which enters at number 3.
American Rockers Panic! At The Disco – now made up solely of Brendon Urie – is claiming another new Top 5 entry this week, debuting with their seventh album Viva Las Vengeance (5), which becomes their fifth Top 10 album.
Oasis is also celebrating a 25th anniversary with its third studio album and one of the best-selling records in history, Be Here Now, which re-enters the Top 10 this week (6) after topping the chart in 1997. After a return to their pop-punk roots, Demi Lovato’s Holy Fvck becomes their fifth UK Top 10 album (7).
Outside the Top 10, English synth-pop band Hot Chip’s eighth album Freakout/Release landed at number 16, while heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch landed their fifth UK Top 40 album with Afterlife at No. number 19.
Finally, sea shanty singers Fisherman’s Friends take home their fourth Top 40 LP with the OST for One And All (39), from the new biographical sequel of the same name featuring James Purefoy and singer Imelda May.