Brighton musician Passenger has defied the odds by beating rock legend Bruce Springsteen to the top of the UK album charts. The pair have been locked in a fierce battle all week, with Passenger narrowly denying Springsteen his 11th UK number one.
Passenger were originally a folk rock band in the early 2000s, however when they disbanded in 2009, lead singer Michael David Rosenberg decided to keep the name for his solo project. Rosenberg has since released seven albums under the Passenger moniker. His 2012 record ‘All The Little Lights’ had previously been his most successful, scoring him a number one on the US Folk Charts.
His latest record ‘Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea’ was released on Black Crow Records on September 23. It has so far spawned two singles titled ‘Anywhere’ and ‘Somebody’s Love’. Bizarrely, neither single has charted in the UK, and both have only experienced moderate success in other European countries such as Belgium. This makes Passenger’s number one album a truly strange underdog story.
Here’s what Passenger had to say about the album success: “This is so unbelievably exciting. When I saw that we were up against Springsteen and Shawn Mendes, I basically wrote off any chance of getting Number One anywhere. It’s a huge surprise and just the most amazing feeling. I think this is probably how Leicester fans felt last season.”
The album beat Springsteen’s latest compilation record ‘Chapter and Verse’ by 704 sales. ‘Chapter and Verse’ is a companion piece to Springsteen’s current autobiography ‘Born To Run’.
Elsewhere in the charts, Shawn Mendes achieved his first Top 10 album with ‘Illuminate’. Rock band Marillion got their first Top 5 record since 1987 with their new album ‘Fuck Everyone And Run F E A R’. Bastille’s ‘Wild World’ completed the Top 5, it had been last weeks number one.