The Beatles’ classic album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is back at the top of the charts 50 years after it was first number one.
The Official Charts Company (OCC) announced the achievement with a fiftieth anniversary special version released with remastered and remixed material alongside some unreleased session tapes.
A combined sales total of 37,000 was amassed across the week to take it back to the top. The album has now spent a combined 28 weeks at the top of the charts.
The record is also the best-selling studio album ever in the UK, and the third biggest selling of all-time, behind Queen’s Greatest Hits and ABBA Gold. It has amassed sales of 5.2m UK copies since it was released.
Commenting, Sir Paul McCartney said: ‘Wow! Who would have thought that good old Sgt.Pepper would be back at number one 50 years on? It’s great news and all of us are well chuffed. Pepper rules!’
Sgt Pepper has now claimed the record for the longest span between an album first reaching number one in June 1967 and returning to the summit in June 2017.
Sgt Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band is also number one on this week’s Official Vinyl Albums Chart, and shifted more copies on vinyl than on digital download, with 5,300 units sold.
Elsewhere in the top five, The Charlatans score their tenth Top 10 album with Different Days, new at number four. In turn, it becomes the band’s highest charting release since 2001’s Wonderland, which peaked at number two.