slowthai tops UK album chart with second LP Tyron

The Northampton rapper's new album is the UK's new number one record.

By David Jackson
Tuesday, 23rd February 2021, 10:29 am
slowthai celebrating with his award for Tyron taking the top spot in the Official Albums Chart. (Photo OfficialCharts.com)
slowthai celebrating with his award for Tyron taking the top spot in the Official Albums Chart. (Photo OfficialCharts.com)

The new album by slowthai, Tyron, has topped the official UK album chart.

The countdown of this week's best selling albums took place earlier today on BBC Radio 1, with presenter Scott Mills revealing the new number one.

Released last week, Tyron is the follow up to the Northampton rapper's 2019's debut Nothing Great About Britain.

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In a video posted by slowthai shortly after receiving an award for claiming the top spot, the rapper thanked his fans, team and family, adding: “We done it. I just wanna say thank you to everyone.

“When I made this album it was one of the darkest points of my life…I was heavily depressed, I had thoughts of suicide.

“This album and everyone that took part and all you guys helped me out and you basically boosted me up and lifted me.

“I want to dedicate this award, or this position, or whatever you want to call it, to anyone that’s in a dark place, anyone that's been there along the journey.

“This is just proof that with persistence and heart and enough good people, anything can happen.

“I appreciate it more than ever. You’ve changed my life in more than one way and I'll never be able to repay you.

“I just hope that by making this music and using me as an example, I can show you that life does get better. This is for all the voices that haven't been heard.

“This is dedicated to Northampton, my hometown. I've always carried you on my back and I wouldn't be me without you.

“This award means rehabilitation, revitalisation. To goodwill, health and a brighter future.”

Tyron has been lauded by fans and critics since its release last week and made its debut at number one.

The record features collaborations with the likes of Skepta, A$AP Rocky, James Blake, Deb Never, Denzel Curry, Dominic Fike and Mount Kimbie.

Earlier this week, the midweek charts indicated the record was set to be a contender for the top spot, with the latest album by Foo Fighters - last week's number one - dropping to nubmer three.

Tickets for a run of gigs at intimate venues across the UK later this year sold out in minutes after going on pre-sale on Thursday and general sale today.

The tour includes a date at the Roadmender in Northampton which slowthai previously headlined in 2019.

While many fans were unable to get tickets, on social media slowthai hinted another announcement - expected to be more gigs at larger venues - will be made in the coming weeks.

For more information, visit https://www.slowthai.com/