Rag’n’Bone Man celebrates chart success with Life By Misadventure

Rag’n’Bone Man has earned his second chart-topping album after Life By Misadventure entered at number one.

The record, his follow-up to 2017’s Human, outsold the rest of the top five combined, with 42,000 chart sales including 33,000 on physical formats, according to the Official Charts Company.

This gives the East Sussex-raised singer-songwriter, known for his baritone voice, both the biggest opening week for a British act this year and the fastest-selling album by a solo artist in the same period.

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It comes after Rag’n’Bone Man, real name Rory Graham, performed his single Anywhere Away From Here with P!nk at the Brit Awards on Tuesday, backed by the Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir.

Life By Misadventure explores how he has grown as a man since becoming a father and touches on his recent separation from his wife of 10 years.

It eschews the stripped-back blues and soul of his debut for pop in the vein of singer-songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and bands including Electric Light Orchestra.

He leads an all-new top five this week with Michael Ball at number two with We Are More Than One and YouTuber Dodie at number three with her debut Build A Problem.

Brighton post-punk band Squid enter at number four with their debut Bright Green Field, this week’s bestseller on vinyl, and Sir Van Morrison is at number five with Latest Record Project – Volume One.

On the singles chart, Body by Tion Wayne and Russ Millions claims a second week at number one, after last week becoming the first drill song to top the charts in the UK.