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Snow Patrol thank fans after new album reaches number 2 in UK chart

Northern Irish rockers Snow Patrol have taken to Twitter to thank fans after their new album 'Wildness' went straight in at number 2 in the UK charts.

Snow Patrol missed out on the number 1 spot by less than 900 sales or streams.

Top spot went to the soundtrack from the hit movie The Greatest Showman.

'Wildness' has gone to number 1 in Ireland and marks the band's first album in seven years.

"Thanks so much everyone that bought it," lead singer Gary Lightbody wrote.

"After being away for seven years we didn't expect this. News coming in all day from around the world.

"Thanks to all who bought the album. Loads of love!"

The group's seventh record Wildness was their first since 2011 and would have been their first chart-topper since Eyes Open in 2006.

The five-piece, who are led by frontman Gary Lightbody, had been leading the race for number one of the Official Albums Chart according to the midweek chart update.

However, they fell at the final hurdle as The Greatest Showman, which features the voices of actors Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron, ultimately claimed its 17th non-consecutive week in the top spot.

The musical's soundtrack was the best-selling digital download of the week and the most streamed album, according to the Official Charts Company.

The second highest new entry on the albums chart was Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes' self-titled album at number three.

Arriving just behind him at number four was Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro's new live album, which was recorded for MTV Unplugged at London's Roundhouse venue.

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