It was only a matter of time before Shed Seven topped the album charts as the British five-piece secured their first No.1 in almost 30 years after their debut LP.
According to the Official Charts Company, the group topped the charts in 2024 for the longest gap (over 29 years) between a debut LP and a No. 1 album. 1 British rock band.
After learning of the good news, the band – which consists of Rick Witter, Paul Banks, Tom Gladwin, Tim Wills and Rob Maxfield – said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to say we’re No.1 this week in the Official Albums Chart with our album A Matter Of Time.
“This is also our 30th anniversary. What better way to start the process? We’ve barely begun.
“Thank you to everyone for your support over the years, especially for buying this record.
“It’s much appreciated and we’ll see you down the road.”
The band, who came out on top with competition from Lewis Capaldi and Taylor Swift, told the Independent they were “buzzing”.
“It took us 30 years to get to this point, and it feels like we’re bigger and better than ever, which is crazy,” said Witter, the lead vocalist..
The group also secured the best-selling album of the week in the UK independent record stores.
Their debut album Change Giver, which was created during the burgeoning Britpop movement, peaked at number 16 when it was released in 1994.
Four albums by Shed Seven reached the UK Top 10: A Maximum High in 1996 which reached number 8, Let It Ride in 1998 which reached number 9, Going For Gold – The Greatest Hits in 1999 , which went to number 7 and Instant Pleasures in 2017, which reached number 8.
A Matter Of Time is the band’s sixth studio album and their first studio release in over six years.
Ska stars The Specials hold the joint record for the longest gap between their official album’s chart debut and their debut LP at number one, with 39 years and three months between The Specials’ 1979 self-titled release and Encore, which 2019 won the top of the ranking.