The band’s new album, which arrived last week (February 5), debuted at the top spot with a total of 42,500 chart sales – 74 per cent of which were physical copies, including 10,500 on vinyl.
Foo Fighters outsold its six closest rivals combined, including Fleet Foxes‘ 2020 album ‘Shore’ (which debuted its physical release last week) and Black Country, New Road’s debut album ‘For The First Time‘.
“I would like to thank everyone for honouring us with this Number One record,” frontman Dave Grohl said after finding out the band had reached the top spot. “After 25 years of being a band it still kind of blows our minds that this could actually happen and we’re very grateful and very thankful.”
He concluded: “We can’t wait to get back there to see you guys, sooner than later, I hope! We’re ready – every day we’re one step closer. Thank you very much, it’s an honour to have this Number One record. See you soon!”
See Grohl’s acceptance speech below:
‘Medicine At Midnight’ is Foo Fighters’ fifth album to hit Number One in the UK, following previous releases ‘One By One’ (2002), ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace’ (2007), ‘Wasting Light‘ (2011) and ‘Concrete And Gold‘ (2017).
In a four-star review of ‘Medicine At Midnight’, NME‘s James McMahon called it “slinky”, “shimmery”, and noted that it boasts one of the best songs they’ve ever recorded.
“After a year that took so much, the return of the Foos feels like the culture getting back in credit,” the review reads. “Consider the record’s closing track, ‘Love Dies Young’, which sparkles with effervescence that the last 12 months have lacked – it’s one of the best songs the band have ever put their name to.”