13 UK album chart facts

In 1948, CBS introduced to the world’s first LP  which was  created by Peter Goldmark and had a capacity of around 21 minutes per side.

The first twelve-inch LP was Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E Minor.

The first album to bring the lyrics on the cover was the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band in 1967.

The first number one on the UK Albums Chart was Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! by Frank Sinatra in July 1956.

Dame Vera Lynn, at the age of 92, became the oldest living artist to peak at number one with her compilation, We’ll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn in 2009.

At the other end of the scale, Neil Reid is the youngest ever artist to top the chart, with his self-titled debut album reaching the number one spot when he was aged just 12 just after winning Opportunity Knocks.

The album to spend the most weeks at number one in the UK is the South Pacific Soundtrack with 115 weeks.

When Robbie Williams’ The Christmas Present album went to number one in December 2019, it gave him his 13th number one and put him joint top with Elvis Presley for a solo act. The Beatles hold the overall record with 15.

Multi-artist compilations used to be included in the main chart before getting its own separate chart in 1989.

The most weeks spent on the album chart by a solo female is Adele who amasses 521 weeks since February 2008.

Not including compilations, the slowest ever climb to number one was by David Gray with his 2001 album White Ladder, it took 64 weeks to get there.

The highest number of artist album sales in a single year came was 2005 when a massive 126.2 million units were sold.

The longest title of the number one album is Tyrannosaurus Rex’s My People Were Fair And Had Sky In Their Hair But Now They’re Content To Wear Stars On Their Brows

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