Saturday, October 10, 2015

Janet Jackson Makes Comeback on British Charts; Squeeze & Clutch Score Career Bests

David Gilmour continues to rule the roost among veteran artists on the British Albums chart with Rattle That Lock which is at number 4 in its third week of release.

Below Gilmour is a long list of new albums from veteran artists which are making their debut on this week's chart.

Janet Jackson premiers at 11 with Unbreakable, her best showing since 2001 when All For You went to number 2. Since that time, she has released three studio albums, Damita Jo (2004), which peaked at 32, and 20 Y.O. (2006) and Discipline (2008) which both topped out at 63. Even her 2009 The Best of Janet Jackson only went to 28 so Unbreakable's first week position is a real comeback for Jackson.

Squeeze debuts at 12 with their new set Cradle to the Grave, giving them the highest charting album of their 37 year recording career. Previously, 1987's Babylon and On reached 14 and 1981's East Side Story hit 19.

Clutch also has the highest charting album of their career in the U.K. with Psychic Warfare. The album starts at 20, far surpassing their previous best, 2013's Earth Rocker, which went to 50.

Irish singers Foster & Allen hit the British top 100 albums for the 34th time with Celebration, which opens at number 30. While the duo has never reached the top ten, they did make it to 11 in 1986 with the album Reminiscing.

Mercury Rev premiere at 39 with The Light In You, an improvement over their last studio release, 2008's Snowflake Midnight, which only went to 52, but a far cry from their career best, All is Dream (2001 / #11 U.K.).

It looks like the interest level on the reissues of Paul McCartney's albums has peaked as he gets into his 80's albums. The deluxe Tug of War only premiers at 47 while Pipes of Peace is at 56.

W.A.S.P. are at 50 with their new set Golgotha, their first album to make the British charts since 1997's Kill Fuck Die (aka K.F.D.). The band had released seven studio albums between the two issues without making the U.K. Albums chart.

Queensryche also puts their first album on the British Top 100 Albums since 1997 with Condition Human. In Queensryche's case, they have released eight studio albums in the ensuing eighteen years.

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

  1. We the Generation - Rudimental
  2. X - Ed Sheeran
  3. I Cry When I Laugh - Jess Glynne
  4. Rattle That Lock - David Gilmour
  5. In Dreams - Editors
The top five singles:
  1. What Do You Mean - Justin Bieber
  2. Locked Away - R City Featuring Adam Lavine
  3. Writing's On the Wall - Sam Smith
  4. Alone No More - Philip George & Anton Powers
  5. On My Mind - Ellie Goulding
Veteran artists at the top of other British charts:
  • Albums
    • Rock & Metal Albums - Rattle That Lock - David Gilmour
    • Record Store Sales - Music Complete - New Order
    • Country Compilations - The Essential James Taylor - James Taylor
    • Soundtracks - Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Volume 1 - Various Artists
  • Tracks/Singles
    • Vinyl Sales - Space Oddity - David Bowie
  • Video
    • Music Video - In Amerika - Rammstein