Saturday, March 05, 2016

Presley's "Dream" Passes a Million in the U.K.; Highest Charting Albums For Anthrax in 23, Magnum in 24, Raitt in 22 Years

David Bowie once again has the top selling album by a veteran artist in Britain with Best of Bowie which moves 2 to 4, but the big new revolves around the King.

Elvis Presley's If I Can Dream, the reimagining of some of his songs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, moves 16 to 11 and passes the one million mark in sales in the U.K. It is one of the rare albums to reach that mark in the last few years as sales of music has dropped, a field that includes Adele, Sam Smith, Sam Smith and George Ezra.

Over the 18 weeks If I Can Dream has been out, it has spent two weeks at number 1, seven at 2, two at 3 and one at 8 with six additional weeks between 11 and 16.

Priscilla Presley, executive producer of the album, told the Official Charts Company "Once again the UK has shown how much they love and adore Elvis. This is an album that Elvis always really wanted to do and he would be so pleased to know that we have touched one million fans. I want to thank you with all my heart, helping us realize an unfulfilled dream."

While the album has been huge in both the U.K. and Australia, it had a very short chart run in the U.S. and is yet to reach Gold Record status of 500,000 in sales.

The highest charting debut by a veteran artist goes to Anthrax whose For All Kings opened at 21. This is Anthrax' highest charting album in 23 years in Britain going back to Sound of White Noise (1993 / #14). Since, they have released Stomp 442 (1995 / #77), Volume 8: The Threat is Real (1998 / #73), We've Come For You All (2003 / #102) and Worship Music (2011 / #49).

Magnum also has a big week, debuting at 31 with Sacred Blood "Divine" Lines. Their last album to reach such heights goes back 24 years to Sleepwalking (1992 / #27). They released nine studio albums between the two marks.

Bonnie Raitt opens at 35 with her new album Dig in Deep and, continuing the trend, giving her the best in 22 years. 1994's Longing In Their Hearts went to 26 in 1994 and she has released four studio albums between her two highs.

Finally, at 89, is the live album Back in Anger: Live by Nine Inch Nails Featuring David Bowie.

On the reissue front, Phil Collins' deluxe version of Hello, I Must Be Going starts at 48 while Dance Into the Light is at 70.

The top ten albums by veteran artists for the week:

  1. Best of Bowie - David Bowie
  2. If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley
  3. Nothing Has Changed. - David Bowie
  4. Blackstar - David Bowie
  5. The Best of Music & Memories - Daniel O'Donnell
  6. For All Kings - Anthrax
  7. Time of My LifeRonan Keating
  8. The Ultimate Collection - Whitney Houston
  9. Hunky Dory - David Bowie
  10. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars - David Bowie
The top five albums overall:
  1. I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It - 1975
  2. 25 - Adele
  3. Purpose - Justin Bieber
  4. Best of Bowie - David Bowie
  5. A Head Full of Dreams - Coldplay
The top five singles:
  1. 7 Years - Lukas Graham
  2. Work - Rihanna Featuring Drake
  3. I Took a Pill in Ibiza - Mike Posner
  4. Lush Life - Zara Larsson
  5. Fast Car - Jonas Blue & Dakota
Veteran artists at the top of other British charts:
  • Albums
    • Rock & Metal Albums - For All Kings - Anthrax
    • Progressive Albums - Alone in the Universe - Jeff Lynne's ELO
    • Americana Albums - Dig in Deep - Bonnie Raitt
    • Country Albums - First Comes the Night - Chris Isaak
    • Country Compilation Albums - The Best of Music & Memories - Daniel O'Donnell
    • Soundtrack Album Sales - Guardians of the Galaxy, Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 - Various Artists
  • Singles
    • None