Scottish rock group Mogwai have scored their first number one album – 25 years after releasing their debut single.
Their 10th record, As The Love Continues, fended off competition from grime pioneer Ghetts, whose third album, Conflict Of Interest, lagged behind by some 2,900 chart sales, according to the Official Charts Company.
Mogwai’s previous chart peak came in 2017 when they reached number six with Every Country’s Sun.
Prior to that only one of their records had cracked the top 10.
The four-piece, known for their mainly instrumental brand of experimental post-rock, also became this week’s best-seller on vinyl and the top seller in UK independent record shops.
They said: “We’re unbelievably happy to have the number one album in the UK. We want to thank everyone at Rock Action Records – both of you – and mostly to thank everyone who has bought, downloaded and streamed the album, and supported us over the last week, and the last 25 years.
“It’s something we’re amazed by. We’re taken aback by everyone’s support, kindness and generosity.
“It is 25 years this week since the release of our first single Tuner/Lower, the first release on our own label Rock Action Records. We didn’t start the band or the label to get into the charts.
“None of us ever envisaged either the band or the label being in a position where having a number one record would be a possibility.”
Elsewhere, Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia returned to number three following the release of its extended Moonlight Edition, including new single We’re Good.
The Weeknd’s The Highlights compilation finished at number four, while Ariana Grande’s Positions rebounded 28 places to number five following a deluxe edition release.
On the singles chart, Olivia Rodrigo’s Drivers License earned a seventh consecutive week at number one – the longest stint there since Tones & I’s Dance Monkey at 11 weeks.