Friday, October 30, 2015

Bryan Adams Debuts at 2 in Britain; Bocelli at 3, Heaton & Abbott at 4, O'Donnell at 5

If it weren't for 5 Seconds of Summer, veteran artists would have held the top four spots this week in Britain.

The Australian boy band took the top spot but they are followed by a quartet of veterans led by Bryan Adams whose Get Up! opens at number 2. That is his highest charting album in Britain in nineteen years back to 1996 when 18 Til I Die topped the charts.

At number 3 in Andrea Bocelli with Cinema, his best placing on the Albums chart in fourteen years. In 2001, Andrea hit the same position with Cieli Di Toscana. Since then, he has charted with eleven other albums.

The duo of Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott open at 4 with Wisdom, Laughter and Lines, one spot short of their first album, 2014's What Have We Become. Heaton was a member of the Housemartins from 1983 to 1988 and Beautiful South 2007. Abbott was lead vocalist for Beautiful South from 1994 until their breakup.

Daniel O'Donnell premiers at 5 with The Hank Williams Songbook, his fortieth different album to make the British Albums chart and his highest charting since 2006's From Daniel With Love.

At 16 is the debut of the new Killing Joke album Pylon. Like so many others this week, it's been awhile since the band has seen such heights on the charts, back to 1994's Pandemonium. Of their 15 studio albums, only two have charted better, 1982's Revelation (#12) and 1985's Night Time (#11) (Pandemonium also went to 16).

Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan opens at 27 with his second album with the group the Soulsavers, Angels & Ghosts. Their first, The Light the Dead See, did not chart. This position is also better than his two purely solo efforts, Paper Monsters (2003 / #36) and Hourglass (2007 / #50).

Tracey Thorn of Everything But the Girl debuts at 53 with Solo: Songs and Collaborations 1982 - 2015 while Walter Trout's new album, Battle Scars, opens at 54. For Trout, who has a big following in Britain, it is his highest charting album, surpassing 2012's Blues For the Modern Daze (#61).

At 72 is the compilation of Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoff's three Under the Covers albums called Completely Under the Covers and Ginger Wildheart, formerly of the band the Wildhearts, is at 95 with his sixth studio album, Year of the Fanclub.

Finally, Elvis Costello debuts at 96 with the compilation and companion for his new memoir Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album.

The top five albums this week:

  1. Sounds Good Feels Good - 5 Seconds of Summer
  2. Get Up - Bryan Adams
  3. Cinema - Andrea Bocelli
  4. Wisdom, Laughter and Lines - Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott
  5. The Hank Williams Songbook - Daniel O'Donnell
The top five singles:
  1. Hello - Adele
  2. Sorry - Justin Bieber
  3. Hotline Bling - Drake
  4. Writing's on the Wall - Sam Smith
  5. The Hills - The Weeknd
Veteran artists at the top of other British charts:
  • Albums
    • Rock & Alternative Albums - Pylon - Killing Joke
    • R&B Albums - Rapper's Delight - Various Artists
    • Country Compilation Albums - The Essential James Taylor - James Taylor
    • Jazz & Blues Albums - Battle Scars - Walter Trout
    • Independent Albums - The Hank Williams Songbook - Daniel O'Donnell
  • Tracks/Singles
    • Vinyl Single Sales - If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley
  • Video
    • Music Videos - Live in Hyde Park - ELO


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