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The National (Scotland)
The National (Scotland)
Laura Webster

Scots take over the charts as Paolo Nutini and LF SYSTEM both hit number one

It is Paolo Nutini's third number one album

IT’S a “banner week” for Scottish musical talent as Paolo Nutini scored his third number one album and rising DJ duo LF SYSTEM saw their first number-one single knocking Kate Bush off the top of the charts.

Singer-songwriter Nutini's fourth studio record, titled Last Night In The Bittersweet, rose through the rankings after being released on July 1.

It also enjoyed success in the Official Vinyl Albums Chart after being the most-purchased physical LP of the week.

Nutini, 35, previously topped the album chart with 2009’s Sunny Side Up and once again with Caustic Love in 2014, while his debut album These Streets peaked at number three in 2006.

His achievement also knocks Harry Styles’ hit third album off the top spot to number two and Ed Sheeran’s Equals continues its chart success by holding third place.

Meanwhile in the UK singles charts, LF SYSTEM scored their first number one single with summer track Afraid To Feel.

It means Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill drops down from the top spot to third.

The production outfit, consisting of Conor Larkman and Sean Finnigan, initially saw the track go viral on TikTok and it has been on a steady five-week ascent up the singles chart.

Their success combined with Nutini's makes it Scottish chart double this week, the first time that has been achieved since Tom Walker and Lewis Capaldi both simultaneously topped the album and singles charts in March 2019.

Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts Company, said: “Many congratulations to LF SYSTEM and Paolo Nutini, on what has proven to be a banner week for Scottish talent in the Official Charts.

“Scotland has a fantastic musical legacy across the 70 years of the Official Charts and to see Paolo and LF add to that in 2022 is fantastic to see.”

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