Pink Floyd have proven that old bands can compete with modern acts, they’ve gone straight to the top of the charts with their new album.
The Endless River has become one of the best selling albums so far this year, competing with Coldplay’s Ghost Stories and Ed Sheeran’s X.
The Floyd LP was released in the same week as Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways, Damien Rice’s highly lauded My Favourite Faded Fantasy, and Queen’s new compilation titled Forever.
Though it faced tough competition, The Endless River beat them all to the number one spot. Not only did the album go to the top spot in Ireland, it topped the charts in several European countries including Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, France, Denmark, Poland and Portugal.
As well as going to number 1 in the UK album charts, the band’s sixth LP to do so. They also hold the amazing accolade of scoring a number one record in four decades: the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and teens.
A spokeperson for the band said: “Pink Floyd [are] both thrilled and surprised at the level of international interest in this their final album. They want to thank the fans for their support and hope that in some small way, ‘The Endless River’ has reminded them of the old fashioned joy of listening to an album in its entirety.”
The new LP from David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason is an 18-track, four-sided double-album, keeping the classic format and will be out in early November.
It is the band’s first album in twenty years, since 1994′s The Division Bell. It’s based on recordings from the same 1994 session, and will feature contributions from deceased keyboard player Richard Wright, who passed away in 2008.