Swift stops Kings of Leon's streak of number 1 hits in the UK

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Swift stops Kings of Leon's streak of number 1 hits in the UK

Another of the great international releases of recent days has been the new album by Kings of Leon. 'Can We Please Have Fun', which was released with the single 'Mustang', is the Nashville band's first album in three years and is also the first since 2007 not to go straight to number 1 in the UK.

The reason is called Taylor Swift. 'The Tortured Poets Department' has returned to number 1 in the United Kingdom this Friday after the parenthesis marked by Dua Lipa and her 'Radical Optimism', and has moved more units in its fourth week of release than 'Can We Please Have Fun' in its first seven days. This gives Kings of Leon a debut at #2 on the islands.

Although UK Official Charts does not share exact sales figures for 'Can We Please Have Fun' in the United Kingdom, it does confirm that “Have Fun” – Kings of Leon's ninth album in total – has been the top 1 vinyl of the week in the country.

If it weren't for Swift, 'Can We Please Have Fun' would have given Kings of Leon their seventh number 1 in the UK, and in a row at that. 'When You See Yourself', their 2021 album, entered at number 1 in 2021, and before that 'WALLS' achieved it in 2016, 'Mechanical Bull' in 2013, 'Come Around Sundown' in 2010, 'Only By the Night' ' in 2008 and 'Because of the Times' in 2007. Previously, both 'Aha Shake Heartbreak', from 2005, and 'Youth and Young Manhood', from 2003, had placed at number 3 in the United Kingdom, paving the way for the Kings of Leon number 1 path on the islands.

Kings of Leon's album has reached number 1 on the Scottish album chart and has also reached number 2 in Ireland, number 3 in New Zealand, number 4 in Germany, number 15 in the Netherlands and number 20. in Australia. Less luck has been had in Italy, where the album has been positioned in position number 75. Next week the data for the United States and Spain will be known.

'Only By the Night', Kings of Leon's fourth album, remains the best-selling of their entire career with 6.2 million copies sold worldwide, according to the official press release. Of course, it is the album that contains their two biggest hits, 'Sex on Fire' and 'Use Somebody'.

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