Friday, May 06, 2016

Prince Still at 3 in Britain; Billy Ocean Debuts at 4, Travis at 5

Prince continues to be the biggest selling veteran artist in Britain with The Very Best of Prince. It just drops 2 to 3 on this week's chart.

At 4 is a new compilation from Billy Ocean, Here You Are: The Best of Billy Ocean. It's his highest charting album in the U.K. since 1989 when his Greatest Hits peaked at the same position.

Travis is at 5 with Everything at Once, their eighth studio album and the sixth to make it to the top five. Only their debut, Good Feeling (1997 / #9) and Ode to J. Smith (2008 / #20) failed to go above the fifth position.

Rob Zombie starts at 25 with The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, his highest charting album in the U.K. Zombie's 2013 album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, is the former holder of the record, peaking at 33.

Three spots lower at 28 is The Ship, the 26th studio album by Brian Eno. That's the highest one of Eno's solo albums has gone since his 1974 debut, Here Come the Warm Jets, went to 26. Original Soundtracks 1, a collaboration with U2 on which they were called "Passengers", went to number 12 in 1995.

Next, at 30, is the debut of Sixx: A.M.'s Prayers For the Damned, Nikki Sixx and the band's best showing in the U.K. of their four studio albums. 2011's This Is Gonna Hurt was the previous best at 60.

The Jayhawks open at 51 with Paging Mr. Proust. That is their highest charting British album in 21 years since Tomorrow the Green Grass went to 41 in 1995.

At 74 is the premier of the new Bad Company live set, Live: 1977 & 1978 while, at 80 is the Classic Album Selection by Cream.

The top ten albums this week in the U.K. by veteran artists:

  1. The Very Best of Prince - Prince
  2. Here You Are: The Best of Billy Ocean - Billy Ocean
  3. Everything at Once - Travis
  4. Purple Rain - Prince
  5. One Voice - Aled Jones
  6. Best of Bowie - David Bowie
  7. Ultimate Prince - Prince
  8. The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser - Rob Zombie
  9. The Ship - Brian Eno
  10. Prayer For the Damned - Sixx:A.M.
The top five albums overall:
  1. Views - Drake
  2. Lemonade - Beyonce
  3. The Very Best of Prince - Prince
  4. Here You Are: The Best of Billy Ocean - Billy Ocean
  5. Everything at Once - Travis
The top five singles:
  1. One Dance - Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla
  2. This is What You Came For - Calvin Harris Featuring Rihanna
  3. Cheap Thrills - Sia
  4. I Took a Pill in Ibiza - Mike Posner
  5. Work From Home - Fifth Harmony Featuring Ty Dolla Sign
Veteran artists at the top of other British charts:
  • Albums
    • Physical Album Sales - The Very Best of Prince - Prince
    • Vinyl Album Sales - Purple Rain - Prince
    • Soundtrack Albums - Purple Rain - Prince
    • Record Store Album Sales - The Ship - Brian Eno
    • Country Compilation Albums - The Best of Music & Memories - Daniel O'Donnell
  • Tracks/Singles
    • Physical Singles Sales - The Boy With the Thorn in His Side - Jeff Buckley
    • Vinyl Singles Sales - The Boy With the Thorn in His Side - Jeff Buckley
  • Video
    • Music Videos - Cobain: Montage of Heck - Kurt Cobain

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