Britain Mid-Week: David Gilmour at Number 1 on Albums Chart, Cliff Richard at 3, Keith Richards at 5

It's looking like another huge week for veteran artists in Great Britain.

While American audiences only occasionally reward vets with big sales, it is a regular occurrence in Britain where such legacy artists as the Drifters can debut in the top twenty. If positions hold, there will be premiers from three veterans in next week's top five.

David Gilmour is trending to be the big winner with his second number 1 solo album in a row and, if you count his involvement in  Pink Floyd's The Division Bell (1994) and The Endless River (2015), his fourth in a row overall.

Cliff Richard's 75 at 75: 75 Career Spanning Hits compilation is at number 3 mid-week, his best showing for a compilation since 1994's The Hit List went to the same position. If it holds, it would also equal 2010's Bold as Brass, making those the three highest charting albums by the artist over the last 22 years.

Keith Richards is currently at 5 with Crosseyed Heart, his third solo album and, what would be, his highest charting album. 1988's Talk is Cheap went to number 37 and 1992's Main Offender to 45.

Farther down the mid-week charts, Chris Cornell is at 25 with Higher Truth, James Taylor at 48 with The Essential James Taylor, Ugly Kid Joe at 49 with Uglier as They Used to Be, a-ha at 51 with an expanded Hunting High and Low, Blackmore's Knight at 56 with All Our Yesterdays, Prince at 62 with HITNRUN Phase 1, Tony Christie and Ranagri at 77 with The Great Irish Songbook and Glen Hansard at 80 with Didn't He Ramble.

That's a total of eleven debuts from veteran artists in the top 100.

Final charts will be out Friday.

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