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Blink-182 score first UK number one album

By EMN Updated: Jul 12, 2016 4:23 pm

Blink-182 have scored their first ever UK number one album with California.
The US punk-pop band, who first rose to fame in the late 1990s, have topped the UK chart this week with their seventh studio album.
California, released last week, is the band’s first album to feature Matt Skiba on vocals, replacing Tom Delonge, who recently left the group.
The new record has knocked Adele’s 25 off the top spot and into second position, while Coldplay’s Head Full of Dreams is at number three and Beyonce’s Lemonade is at number four.
Speaking about their UK chart success, Blink-182 told OfficalCharts.com: “We’re so excited and thankful to be Number 1 in the UK.
“This is the first time we have ever got a Number 1, and we are super thankful to all of you for supporting us.”
Their previous highest entry was back in 2004 when album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket peaked on the chart at number four.
DeLonge was originally supposed to record the album with the band but it was pushed back, reportedly because of his schedule.
Alkaline Trio’s Skiba filled in for a number of live shows and then started recording with the band in late 2015.
DeLonge recently quashed rumours that he was ‘searching for aliens’ following the publication of his book, Sekret Machines Book 1: Chasing Shadows, about ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon’.
He has claimed that he is ‘working with government’ on some kind of ‘top secret’ project.
In a Facebook post, DeLonge wrote: “Quitting the band to search for UFOs? Hahhaha WTF is wrong with you media.
“I’m actually talking to Travis about us right now… Never did quit, remember?”
“But- Am I currently working with people in the Government? YES. Including leadership from DOD, Intelligence and Executive Branch? YES,” he wrote.

By EMN Updated: Jul 12, 2016 4:23:00 pm