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Imagine Dragons' New Album 'Smoke + Mirrors' Debuts at No. 1 in UK Above Drake, Ed Sheeran & Sam Smith

by Carolyn Menyes   Feb 23, 2015 13:00 PM EST

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"Shots" all around for Imagine Dragons. Following the massive success of its debut album Night Visions, it seems like the Las Vegas rockers are prepping for another massive record. Its latest effort Smoke + Mirrors debuted at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, besting releases from the likes of Drake, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift.

Imagine Dragons unseated consistent chart-topper Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour as the No. 1 album in the U.K. upon its debut, besting its chart placement for the band's 2013 first album Night Visions.

The profile of Imagine Dragons was aided by a sparse release week and the Smoke + Mirrors lead single "I Bet My Life," which reached the top 40 chart in the U.K.

Beneath Imagine Dragons, Smith sits at No. 2, followed by another U.K. chart slayer, Ed Sheeran, whose album x slipped to No. 3.

Despite blowing expectations out of the water and debuting at No. 1 in the United States, Drake's surprise mixtape/album If You're Reading This It's Too Late only reached No. 4 in the U.K., though the rapper/singer was able to beat our some U.K. alt rock acts. Scottish band Texas' new album Texas 25 debuted at No. 5, followed by Brit rockers Thunder at No. 9.

Between the rock acts, a familiar slew of British and American musicians take up spots No. 6 through 8. George Ezra's Wanted on Voyage sits at No. 6 this week, followed by Grammy performers Hozier and Taylor Swift, whose albums Hozier and 1989 sit at Nos. 7 and 8, respectively.

And Meghan Trainor carries the bass, clocking in at No. 10 with Title.

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