What a week it’s been for Irish three-piece The Script.

Their new album Freedom Child has topped the UK Official Albums Chart, seeing off competition from LCD Soundsystem and OMD Child aswell as the iTunes chart in their native Ireland and a further 13 countries.

The number 1 sees The Script score their fourth UK number 1 album.

They also entered the Top 10 on iTunes in 47 markets around the globe.

The band have said of their Number 1 album win, “You guys may never understand how happy we are to have achieved our fourth number 1 album. You see, we've worked so hard on it and ultimately the fans decided whether it's a strong album or not. We're so so lucky and are humbled by it.”

To coincide with the Freedom Child celebrations, The Script has announced their 2018 UK & Ireland Arena tour.

Freedom Child sees the band presenting a collection of urgent, timely, future-facing anthems that speak of both real-life events and real-time sonic adventurism. The album was recorded between London and Los Angeles and for the first time, the band chose to work with some outside writers and producers including Toby Gad and Nasri Atweh. The follow up to 2014’s No Sound Without Silence can be purchased now.

The first single from Freedom Child, Rain, was immediately added to playlists up and down the country and stormed straight into the Top 10 on iTunes - where it still sits.

Rain is picking up a phenomenal amount of support around the world - it has been playlisted by Radio 1, Radio 2, Capital and many more and is currently the third most played song on national radio.

It’s also been added to over 300 playlists on Spotify and the video has already been viewed almost 10 million times.

You can catch The Script at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena on Tuesday, February 20.

Tickets are available from motorpointarenacardiff.co.uk or via the Box Office on 029 2022 4488.