Leigh band The Lottery Winners claim first Number 1 album in Official Charts

The Lottery Winners beat Nines, Jessie Ware and The National to claim UK Number One album

After a closely-fought race against Nines and Jessie Ware, Greater Manchester-born band The Lottery Winners guarded the top spot to claim Number 1 in the Official Charts.

Who would have thought in 2019 when their record label Sony dropped them that they would reach Number 1 a few years later. The Lottery Winners hit the jackpot today as they claim their first Number 1 album with Anxiety Replacement Therapy.

Legendary band Shed Seven commented: “Was never in doubt! Beers are on you when we see you next. Now you’re all officially famous and that.”

The Leigh-formed four-piece, comprising Thom Rylance, Robert Lally, Katie Lloyd and Joe Singleton, reach the summit with their fifth studio LP, following a closely-fought race to the finish. Previously, the group enjoyed two Top 40 records: 2020’s The Lottery Winners (23) and 2021 release Something To Leave The House For (11).

Anxiety Replacement Therapy is the biggest release of the week on both physical formats and digital downloads, and also tops the Official Record Store Chart as the best-selling album of the past seven days in independent UK record shops.

During the race, lead singer Thom Rylance pleaded with social media followers: “Friends. Many of you will know that it’s been my dream to be a rockstar my entire life. From being a kid, little else has mattered to me. From dressing up as Freddie Mercury at primary, to idolising Kurt Cobain in high school, writing and playing music is all I’ve ever wanted to do. Me and my best friends are on the verge of a number one album.”

Speaking exclusively to Official Charts, The Lottery Winners say: “Anxiety Replacement Therapy is the UK’s Number 1 album on the Official Chart. It’s done, we’ve got the trophy!

“Thank you so much to everyone who’s made this happen, we appreciate you so much. We’re speechless! Thank you, everyone.”


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