Friday, September 11, 2015

Iron Maiden Scores Fifth British Number 1 Album; a-ha debuts at 8

Iron Maiden have officially scored their fifth number 1 album in the U.K. with Book of Souls.

This is their sixteenth studio album all but two of which have made the British top ten with five, The Number of the Beast (1982), Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988), Fear of the Dark (1992), The Final Frontier (2010) and now Souls, hitting number 1.

It took the band until 2006 to get their first top ten album in the U.S. Their highest charting, so far, is 2010's The Final Frontier which made it to number 4. Early predictions say that they will equal that position with the new set.

Cast in Steel, the new album from the reformed a-ha, debuts at number 8, three spots short of their last album, Foot of the Mountain (2009 / #5). Their first three albums, Hunting High and Low (1985), Scoundrel Days (1986) and Stay on These Roads (1988), all reached number 2 in England.

Public Image Ltd. (PiL) have successfully scored their highest charting album in 29 years with What the World Needs Now.... Starting at number 29, it's the best since Album (1986 / #14).

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

  1. The Book of Souls - Iron Maiden
  2. I Cry When I Laugh - Jess Glynne
  3. Beauty Behind the Madness - Weeknd
  4. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
  5. Wild - Troye Sivan
The top five singles:
  1. Easy Love - Sigala
  2. What Do You Mean - Justin Bieber
  3. Don't Be So Hard On Yourself - Jess Glynne
  4. How Deep is Your Love - Calvin Harris & Disciples
  5. Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd
Veteran artists at the top of the other British charts:
  • Albums
    • Album Sales - The Book of Souls - Iron Maiden
    • Physical Album Sales - The Book of Souls - Iron Maiden
    • Vinyl Album Sales - The Book of Souls - Iron Maiden
    • Scotland Albums - The Book of Souls - Iron Maiden
  • Tracks/Singles
    • None
  • Video
    • Music Video - Rocks Donnington: 2014 - Aerosmith