Paul Weller joins Lennon and McCartney with No 1 albums in five straight decades


Paul Weller has joined John Lennon and Paul McCartney as the only artists to top the UK album chart in five consecutive decades.

Paul Weller has confirmed his latest solo album On Sunset will be released on June 19th.

Weller said he was “very proud” to see his album On Sunset reach No 1. His previous chart-toppers include one with the Jam (The Gift, 1982) and one with the Style Council (Our Favourite Shop, 1985), plus five solo albums: On Sunset plus Stanley Road (1995), Illumination (2002), 22 Dreams (2008) and Sonik Kicks (2012).

At No 2 is Pop Smoke’s album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon – the New York rapper was killed in a home invasion in February, with five people now arrested over the shooting. His mixtape Meet the Woo 2 re-entered at 32, and his single The Woo reached No 9 in the singles chart with two other tracks also reaching the Top 40.

Village is the latest preview of his new album, ‘On Sunset’, which is due out on June 19 through Polydor, having been pushed back by a week. The Modfather co-wrote the song with his longtime producer Jan ‘Stan’ Kybert, and it features his former Style Council bandmate Mick Talbot on keyboards.

The Modfather’s follow-up to 2018’s ‘True Meanings’ and 2019’s ‘Other Aspects, Live At The Royal Festival Hall’ is called ‘On Sunset’ and will arrive on June 12 through his new label home Polydor.

He tweeted: “We also want to share an update on the album. Due to the current situation we’ve taken the decision to push the release back – only by one week – to June 19th.

“Lots of albums are moving back to later in the year but we wanted to hold firm and share with you all in time for summer.”

‘Village’ saw Paul reunite with his old Style Council bandmate Mick Talbot, who plays keys, and long-time producer Jan ‘Stan’ Kybert.

He’ll support the record with an autumn UK tour, kicking off on October 29 at Plymouth Pavilion and wrapping up at the O2 Forum Kentish Town in London on November 20. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on February 28.

Weller’s first after signing with Polydor, it’ll be supported with a late autumn tour of the UK which adds to the previously announced May run of dates which are due to start in Cambridge.

The newly detailed tour includes two nights apiece in Leicester and Newcastle, and will end with London shows at the Brixton Academy and O2 Kentish Town Forum.


29 – Plymouth, Pavilion
30 – Southampton Guildhall
31 – Brighton, Centre

2 – Hull, Bonus Arena
3 – York, Barbican
5,6 – Leicester, De Montfort Hall
7 – Blackburn, King George’s Hall
9 – Carlisle, Sands Centre
10 – Manchester, Apollo
12 – Dundee, Caird Hall
13,14 – Newcastle, City Hall
16 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall
17 – Bradford, St George’s Hall
19 – London, Brixton Academy
20 – O2 Kentish Town Forum, London


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