Elvis Presley took over the record for the most number 1 albums by a male vocalist in British Albums chart history with If I Can Dream, the album pairing his original recordings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
With his twelve number 1 albums, Presley is now tied on the all-time list with Madonna for second place with the pair chasing the Beatles who have had fifteen chart toppers.
Presley kept Rod Stewart from the top of the chart as his Another Country debuts at number 2. Only his second album of original material in the last fourteen years, Rod still continues his new found run at or near the pinnacle of the chart with his 2012 album, Merry Christmas, Baby, debuting at 2 and his last album, 2013's Time, topping the chart. Prior to those three albums, he hadn't been that high in the U.K. since 1998's When We Were the New Boys.
At 9 is a new hits collection from Erasure, Always: The Very Best of Erasure. It's the first time they have cracked the British top ten albums in eighteen years, going back to Cowboy (1997 / #10 Britain). Overall, it is their tenth top ten release, including two EPs, six studio albums and two hits albums.
Def Leppard fall one spot short of their last studio set with their new self-titled album which debuts at 11. 2008's Songs From the Sparkle Lounge debuted at number 10.
Van Morrison's 1968 album Astral Weeks makes the British Top 100 albums for the first time in a new expanded edition, starting at number 55 and, at 85, is the debut of the Jam multi-disc live set Fire and Skill: The Jam Live.
The top five albums this week:
- If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley
- Another Country - Rod Stewart
- Courting the Squall - Guy Garvey
- X - Ed Sheeran
- I Cry When I Laugh - Jess Glynne
- Hello - Adele
- Sorry - Justin Bieber
- Writing's on the Wall - Sam Smith
- The Hills - The Weeknd
- Hotline Bling - Drake
- Album Downloads - If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley
- Album Sales - If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley
- Physical Album Sales - If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley
- Vinyl Album Sales - If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley
- Record Store Sales - If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley
- Independent Albums - Always: The Very Best of Erasure - Erasure
- Scottish Album Sales - If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley
- Rock & Metal Albums - Def Leppard - Def Leppard
- R&B Albums - Rapper's Delight - Various Artists
- Country Compilations - The Essential James Taylor - James Taylor