James Arthur Secures His Second No. 1 UK Album With “Bitter Sweet Love”

James Arthur at Free Radio Live in Birmingham, UK in November 2018
James Arthur at Free Radio Live in Birmingham, UK in November 2018. Photo by Jason Sheldon/REX/Shutterstock (9991614bp)

It’s been a while since James Arthur managed to climb atop the charts in the UK, but his wait for a No. 1 album is finally over. His latest album Bitter Sweet Love debuted atop the Official UK Album Chart, becoming his second LP to achieve this feat.

Arthur managed to come out victorious after a tense race with The Reytons and soar to No. 1 with Bitter Sweet Love. This is his first album since Back from the Edge in 2016 to top the chart, while the rest of his LPs – James Arthur (2013), You (2019), and It’ll All Make Sense in the End (2021) – all debuted within the top three.

Arthur said that his heart was full after hitting No. 1 and thanked his management, his label, his loved ones, and his fans for making it happen.

“It’s been eight years since I last had a Number 1 album, and I’ve been in the game over 10 years. I feel like this is symbolic of all the highs and lows, everything we’ve been through… I can’t thank you enough for constantly campaigning and supporting, showing up for me,” said Arthur in a statement to Official Charts.

Bitter Sweet Love was released via Columbia Records on January 26, and it produced singles “A Year Ago”, “Blindside”, “Just Us”, “Homecoming”, “Sleepwalking”, and “Bitter Sweet Love”.