Friday, September 25, 2015

In the Final Tally, David Gilmour Scores Second Solo Number 1 in the U.K.; Cliff Richard at 4, Keith Richards at 7

David Gilmour has scored the second number one album of his solo career in Britain with Rattle That Lock.

Already a five time chart topper with Pink Floyd, including last year's The Endless River, Gilmour returns to the top spot as a solo artist for the second time in a row following his 2006 album On An Island. His previous two efforts, David Gilmour (1978) and About Face (1984) did not fare as well in the U.K., only making it to 17 and 21 respectively.

Cliff Richard comes in at 4 with his new compilation 75 at 75. His fifteenth hits package to chart in the U.K., it exceeds the 2008 release The 50th Anniversary Album which only made it to 11. The last time one of his Best ofs was up this high on the British Albums was 21 years ago with The Hit List which went to number 3.

Like Gilmour, Keith Richards has spent a lot more time in the top ten with the Rolling Stones than as a solo artist. As a matter of fact, Crosseyed Heart is only his third solo release and, by far, the highest charting, opening this week at number 7. His previously albums, Talk is Cheap and Main Offender only made it to 37 and 45.

Ryan Adams premiers at 19 with his surprise release, the cover of Taylor Swift's 1989. Adams has a fairly successful album sales career in England with three other albums exceeding 1989's position, Ryan Adams (2014 / #6), Ashes & Fire (2011 / #9) and Easy Tiger (2007 / #18).

At 37 is the debut of Chris Cornell's Higher Truth, his fourth solo studio album and only his third best position in the U.K. Previously, his 2007 album Carry On had peaked at 25 and 1999's Euphoria Morning (now reissued with the correct title, Euphoria Mourning) at 31. His 2009 album, Scream, only went to 70.

A new James Taylor compilation, The Essential James Taylor, was not able to duplicate the tremendous success of Paul Simon's collection earlier this year, debuting only at number 50; however, it was able to unseat Dolly Parton's hits set that has been at the top of the Country Compilations chart for over a year.

Finally, a-ha's Hunting High and Low, in a new deluxe package, opens up at 83, Ugly Kid Joe's new set, Uglier Than They Used to Be, at 84 and All Our Yesterdays by Blackmore's Night at 94.

The top five albums in the U.K. according to the Official Charts Company:

  1. Rattle That Lock - David Gilmour
  2. Honeymoon - Lana Del Rey
  3. I Cry When I Laugh - Jess Glynne
  4. 75 at 75: 75 Career Spanning Hits - Cliff Richard
  5. Keep the Village Alive - Stereophonics
The top five singles:

  1. What Do You Mean - Justin Bieber
  2. Easy Love - Sigala
  3. Locked Away - R City Featuring Adam Levine
  4. How Deep is Your Love - Calvin Harris & Disciples
  5. Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd
Veteran artists at the top of other British charts:
  • Albums
    • Sales - Rattle That Lock - David Gilmour
    • Physical Sales - Rattle That Lock - David Gilmour
    • Vinyl Sales - Rattle That Lock - David Gilmour
    • Record Store Sales - Rattle That Lock - David Gilmour
    • Rock & Metal Albums - Rattle That Lock - David Gilmour
    • Country Compilations - The Essential James Taylor - James Taylor
    • Soundtracks - Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Volume 1 - Various Artists
    • Scottish Albums - Rattle That Lock - David Gilmour
  • Singles
  • Video 
    • Music Video - Live in Hyde Park - ELO