Rod Stewart edges out Cher for ninth No. 1 UK Album with 'Blood Red Roses'
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Rod Stewart scored his ninth No. 1 on the UK Albums chart with his latest album, Blood Red Roses, Official Charts Company reports. The British native crooner edged out Cher, whose album of ABBA covers, Dancing Queen, made its chart debut at No. 2.

Stewart was reportedly thrilled with his most recent chart-topping feat, which comes 47 years after his 1971 third studio album Every Picture Tells a Story reached his native country’s chart summit. He thanked the British public for supporting the record in a statement to adding, “I’m grateful, I’m humbled and feel like I just scored the winning goal in front of the home crowd."

Stewart notably moved Eminem’s Kamikaze out of the top position and it falls to No. 4 in the ranking. The Greatest Showman soundtrack currently holds the No. 3 position.

Blood Red Roses is Stewart’s 30th studio album in a career that spans more than five decades. The album’s Sept. 28 release was preceded by the single and video for “Didn’t I" featuring Bridget Cady. Blood Red Roses is a follow up to the living legend’s 2015 album Another Country, which fell just short of a UK chart-topping debut at No. 2. His other albums to hit a UK No. 1 spot are Never a Dull Moment (1972), Sing It Again Rod (1973), Smiler (1974), Atlantic Crossing (1975), A Night on the Town (1976), Greatest Hits – Rod Stewart (1979) and Time (2013).

Cher enters the chart at the No. 2 position with what is reportedly her best sales week opener in over two decades, following her 1998 album Believe, which topped charts in multiple countries and peaked at No. 7 in the UK. Her 1992 Greatest Hits: 1965-1992 topped the UK Albums chart for seven weeks.

Dancing Queen was inspired by Cher’s critically-acclaimed role as Meryl Streep’s character Donna and Amanda Seyfried’s character Sophie’s grandmother Ruby in the box office smash sequel Mama Mia! Here We Go Again. She sings a brilliant rendition of ABBA’s iconic hit “Fernando” as a duet in the film, opposite Andy Garcia who plays Ruby’s long-lost love, Fernando Cienfuegoes.

Rod Stewart recently announced his 2019 UK stadium tour to support Blood Red Roses which kicks off in Southampton, UK at St. Mary’s Stadium on May 31 (Tickets) and he’s currently touring in the U.S. on a fall tour which includes a stop at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on Oct. 16 with Cyndi Lauper as a special guest (Tickets). He’ll also return to his Rod Stewart: The Hits Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace for a string of dates beginning on Nov. 21 (Tickets). Stay tuned to AXS for Rod Stewart updates.