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Porcupine Tree score highest ever UK chart position for Closure/Continuation

Porcupine Tree
(Image credit: Alex Lake)

Prog cover stars Porcupine Tree  have hit their highest ever chart position in the UK with comeback album Closure/Continuation.

Although unsurprisingly beaten to the top spot in the UK  by Harry Styles who's new album Harry's House was also released last Friday, Closure/Continuation has landed at No. 2 in the UK album charts. The band's previous highest charting album was 2009's The Incident, which reached No. 23.

The feat eclipses Steven Wilson's own solo career, which saw 2107's To The Bone reach No. 3 and last year's The Future Bites reach No. 4.

“We would like to thank both our long time fans and newer listeners, and all involved with this album release," the band said in a statement. "To find ourselves at #2 in the Official UK Album Charts amongst the biggest mainstream artists in the world with such an alternative and uncompromising work is an achievement we are hugely proud of. Thank you!”

Closure/Continuation is also No 1 in the UK Download, Physical, CD, Cassette, Vinyl, Rock/Metal charts and the Scottish chart.

Porcupine Tree begin their first tour for 12 years this September in Toronto Canada and concludes at Wembley SSE Arena on November 11.

Jerry Ewing
Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.