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21 June 2022

Foals Set For UK No 1 Album With ‘Life Is Yours’

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Foals are currently on course to top this week’s UK Official Albums Chart with their seventh studio album, Life is Yours.

The indie rock group – comprising Yannis Philippakis, Jack Bevan and Jimmy Smith – look set to score their second UK chart-topper this week, following 2019’s Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2. Foals’ debut album, Antidotes, also looks set to return to the Top 20 this week at following its limited release on coloured vinyl. Antidotes peaked at No 3 on its original release in 2008.

Foals’ biggest competition for the top spot comes from Drake, who released his seventh studio album, Honestly, Nevermind, digitally with just six hours’ notice. The album is currently at No 2, trailing Foals by 6,000 units.

Elsewhere in the charts, the 50th-anniversary half-speed mastered LP re-issue of David Bowie’s seminal The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is currently at No 7. Bowie’s fifth studio album, it originally peaked at No 5 in 1972. And there’s no stopping Kate Bush – following her Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart with Running Up That Hill last week, her greatest hits compilation The Whole Story looks likely to break into this week’s Top 20.

Another classic artist who looks set to return to the Top 20 is Prince. A deluxe pressing of his 1995 album The Gold Experience, exclusively available as part of Record Store Day 2022’s June drop, is currently at No 15 having previously reached No 5 in 1995.

In a new interview with Consequence, Foals singer Yannis Philippakis reflected on the impact that lockdown had on Life Is Yours, “I felt repelled by anything too heavy, emotionally. I didn’t want to add to the weight of what was going on. And then I just started to think about music as a transportive power, and also that it would be cool to make something that was just defiantly radiant. Something that shimmers, and can transport you.”

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