It brings Adele’s time in the number one slot to a close, with the 11-week stay leading to her breaking the record for the longest time at number one by a female solo artist. Madonna previously held the record thanks to the nine weeks during which her first greatest hits record stayed at the summit in 1990.
Martin Talbot of the Official Charts Company said that despite getting knocked off from the top spot, the 22-year-old has been a “true phenomenon”.
“Adele’s unbeaten run at number one may have come to an end but she has already made 2011 her own,” he said.
Wasting Light posted first week sales of more than 114,000, compared to the 107,000 21 sold over the same period. Foo Fighters previously topped the UK album chart with One By One in 2002 and with Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace in 2007.
Speaking to the Telegraph about the latest album, Dave Grohl said: “I think this is by far the most rock record that we’ve ever done. That was our intention.
“It has to sound huge. It has to feel big. I want to hear 80,000 singing the chorus of These Days because, to me, that’s what it’s all about.”
Elsewhere in the Official Albums Chart Top 10, Glee Cast’s Glee: The Music Volume 5 is a new entry straight in at number four, while Cee Lo Green’s The Lady Killer, which peaked at number three in January, re-enters at the number eight up slot.