Sunday, September 20, 2015

Duran Duran, Richard Hawley, Slayer & the Drifters Debut in British Top 20 Albums

Another big week for veteran artists in Britain as Duran Duran's Paper Gods debuts at number 5 on the Official Charts Company's Album chart.

This is the first time that the group has been in the top ten in eleven years going back to 2004's Astronaut which reached number 3. Since then, they released Red Carpet Massacre (2007 / #44) and All You Need is Now (2011 / #11).

One spot below is last week's number 1 album, Iron Maiden's Book of Souls, followed at number 9 by the debut of Richard Hawley's Hollow Meadows. Outside of the Longpigs and, later, Pulp, Hawley has carved out a big solo career with Meadows being his third top ten album. 2012's Standing at the Sky's Edge, his last solo effort, went to number 3.

Slayer premiers at number 11 with Repentless. The album is now the highest charting of their career in the U.K., beating out Divine Intervention (1994 / #15) and Seasons in the Abyss (1990 / #18) which were their previous bests.

The Drifters have always had a special place in the hearts of British fans. While their last top ten hit in the U.S. was 1964's Under the Boardwalk, they were continuing to have hits into the 70's in Britain with six reaching the top ten between 1973 and 1976.

This week, at number 17, is the latest compilation for the band with Stand By Me: The Very Best of the Drifters. This is the fourth hits collection to chart in Britain just since 2000 and the third to reach the top twenty.

At 30 is the first album by Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp and their guests under the name the Hollywood Vampires while Low has their highest charting album ever in Britain at number 35 with Ones and Sixes

At the other end of the scale is the lowest charting studio album ever by Prince as HITNRUN: Phase One opens at number 50. This could get better in its second week, a rarity on the charts for a major release, as the availability goes wider. We'll wait until next week to make a final judgement on whether this is a hit or a major miss.

Ben Folds opens at 63 with his pop/classical experiment So There. His last album, The Sound of the Life of the Mind, started at 40 but, in general, Folds' albums chart in the lower half of the top 100.

The top five albums this week in the U.K.:

  1. Keep the Village Alive - Stereophonics
  2. That's the Spirit - Bring Me the Horizon
  3. Anthems for Doomed Youth - Libertines
  4. I Cry When I Laugh - Jess Glynne
  5. Paper Gods - Duran Duran
Top five singles:
  1. What Do You Mean - Justin Bieber 
  2. Easy Love - Sigala
  3. How Deep is Your Love - Calvin Harris & Disciples
  4. Don't Be So Hard On Yourself - Jess Glynne
  5. Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd
Veteran artists at the top of other British charts:
  • Albums
    • Country Compilation Albums - Blue Smoke / The Best of Dolly Parton - Dolly Parton
  • Tracks/Singles
    • None
  • Video
    • Live in Hyde Park - ELO