They did it! High Times: Singles 1992-2006 is today (Sunday) number 1 in the Official UK Albums Chart. Much that we have to thank the band for making such great music over all these years, thanks have to be also directed at us, the fans, as this week we have gone and spent our money on this collection - both on CD and the superb DVD.
The band are naturally over the moon about this and here is what drummer Derrick McKenzie wanted to say...
I am emailing you to thank you for all the hard work you have put into your website and also keeping all of the fans in contact with us over the years, and also to congratulate you on helping us get another No.1 Album, well done.
I would also like to thank all of the fans that we have all around the world who have stuck by us and given us their unconditional support. All the guys in the band are over the moon about having another No.1 album and going out on a high note with the record company which we are all so proud about.
I really want all the fans to be proud of themselves too for helping the album get to No.1 and their support over the years.
For me it has been 13 years so far and I am looking forward to doing plenty more things in the future and keeping the fans happy and bringing new fans on board for the future.
Much Love to you all and thank you so much for everything.
Derrick has also posted a similar message on his MySpace blog.
This is Jamiroquai's fourth number 1 album, and for those curious, here is how previous Jamiroquai albums have fared in the UK albums chart - Emergency On Planet Earth (1), The Return Of The Space Cowboy (2), Travelling Without Moving (2), Synkronized (1), A Funk Odyssey (1), Dynamite (3).
In other chart news, Runaway dropped from number 18 to 32 this week in the UK singles chart, and from 15 to 28 in the hit40uk chart.
UPDATE: 12 Nov 19:00 GMT: Music Week has revealed that High Times sold 78,957 copies this week, with the number two labum (by Angelis) selling 65,050 copies. They also write...
"High Times is Jamiroquai's fourth number one. It’s not the band's best first week seller - Synkronized was one of their more modest albums in overall sales but opened with a big sale of 98,834 in 1999, while A Funk Odyssey also opened bigger in 2001, with first week sales of 80,209. The last Jamiroquai album, Dynamite, debuted at number three on sales of 64,150 in June 2005. Jamiroquai's all-time best seller, Travelling Without Moving, never reached pole position. It debuted and peaked at number two in 1996, behind REM, with first week sales of 65,263 but has gone on to sell 1,200,274 copies."