Stages Takes Ranking Milestone As Platinum Collection Hits Number One

Steps earned their fourth number one album, their first in 11 years.

The British pop group, who rose to prominence in the late 90s, reached the top of the UK Albums Chart with their Platinum Collection, released last week to celebrate the band’s 25th anniversary.

Their success makes them the first mixed British group to achieve a number one album in four consecutive decades.

Steps – Lee Latchford-Evans, Claire Richards, Lisa Scott-Lee, Faye Tozer and Ian “H” Watkins – had previously hit number one with Steptacular (1999), Gold: Greatest Hits (2001) and The Ultimate Collection (2011).

After a close battle, Manchester rapper Aitch ended the week at number two with Close To Home and Madonna took number three with Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones.

Steps said: “We couldn’t be more delighted that our Platinum Collection is the official number one album in the UK this week! We have the best fans in the world, and it’s all thanks to their incredible support.

“It’s amazing to think we’ve now broken records, becoming the first co-ed UK band to score four number one albums in four consecutive decades. What a way to celebrate our 25th anniversary!

On the singles chart, Scottish dance music duo LF System won their eighth consecutive week at number one.

They overtake Disney’s Encanto to claim the second longest number one run of the year with Afraid To Feel.

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