The last album to exceed sales of 500,000 copies was Oasis's 'Be Here Now", which sold 663,000 in its first chart week in 1997. 'Progress" is the group's fifth number one studio album out of the six they have released. Their 2006 reunion album, 'Beautiful World", sold 2.5 million copies in the UK and clung to the number one spot for eight weeks.
In 2008, 'The Circus" sold one million copies in just 18 days. To date it is nearing sales of 2.2 million. Progress was one of five new albums to enter the top 10 this week, with Rihanna's 'Loud" coming in at number two. Susan Boyle fell two places to three with 'The Gift", while violinist Andre Rieu's 'Moonlight Serenade" - an album of waltz tunes - entered the chart at four.
Greatest Hit's So Far by Pink came in just behind at five and Bruce Springsteen's latest album, 'The Promise", entered at seven. Meanwhile, in the singles chart, X Factor runners-up JLS went straight in at number one with their Children In Need charity single, 'Love You More".
Take That remained at two with 'The Flood" while Ellie Goulding's version of Elton John's 'Your Song" leapt up the chart 36 places from 39 to three. Last week's number one Rihanna fell three places to four with Only Girl and Katy Perry rounded out the top five with Firework. The only other new entry in the top 10 was Westlife with Safe coming in at 10.