Sam Fender is racing towards his second UK Number One, with new album ‘Seventeen Going Under’ currently outselling the rest of the Top Ten combined.
The North East singer-songwriter released his second album last week (October 8), before announcing UK arena tour dates for next year.
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Per the Official Charts‘ midweek update, Fender’s closest rival for the top spot is Drake, whose album ‘Certified Lover Boy’ currently sits in second place.
Other new entries in the Top Five include Trivium and James Blake, whose album ‘Friends That Break Your Heart’ sits at Number Five, while Fender’s debut album ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ has also returned to the Top 40, sitting at #38.
Sam Fender performs at O2 Academy Brixton. CREDIT: Joseph Okpako/WireImage
In a four star review of Fender’s new album, NME wrote: “If ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ was the sound of a young boy kicking out at the world, ‘Seventeen Going Under’ sees Fender realise that it can kick back a lot harder, and he counts every blow and bruise.
“But he seems to have found that time passes and that most wounds – even the deepest – will eventually heal, if he can allow them to.”
Following the album’s release, Fender informed fans that some deliveries of his new album have been delayed by “Brexit customs issues” and “fuel shortages”.
“Absolutely buzzing off the album reaction. Thank you’se all so much,” Fender wrote on Twitter, adding that the delays show that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is “letting the music industry down once again.”