Friday, May 27, 2016

Richard Ashcroft Has Biggest Selling Album in the U.K. But, With Streaming, He Debuts at Number 3

by VVN Music

Richard Ashcroft was a force to be reckoned with in the U.K. this week as he had the biggest selling album of the week.

Unfortunately, in this day and age, that's not enough to give you an overall number 1 album. Both Ariana Grane and Drake added enough additional "units" through streaming to push Ashcroft to number 3 on the British Top 100 albums.

Ashcroft has released five solo studio albums, four of which peaked in the top three. The fourth, 2010's United Nations of Sound, only managed 20.

At 5 is the debut of Bob Dylan's second standards album Fallen Angels. This is his lowest charting original studio album in the U.K. in 19 years, going back to 1997's Time Out of Mind which went to number 10.

Since then:

  • Love and Theft (2001 / #3)
  • Modern Times (2006 / #3)
  • Together Through Life (2009 / #1)
  • Tempest (2012 / #3)
  • Shadows in the Night (2015 / #1)
  • Fallen Angels (2016 / #5)
Eric Clapton debuts at 6 with I Still Do. For Clapton, it is the opposite situation from Dylan. The album is his highest charting studio album in 18 years:
  • Pilgirim (1998 / #3)
  • Reptile (2001 / #7)
  • Me and Mr. Johnson (2004 / #10)
  • Back Home (2005 / #19)
  • Clapton (2010 / #7)
  • Old Sock (2013 / #13)
  • I Still Do (2016 / #6)
Former Jam member Bruce Foxton's third studio album, Smash the Clock, premiers at 31. It is his highest charting with 1984's Touch Sensitive peaking at 68 and 2012's Back in the Room not charting. 

Tom Petty's band Mudcructh is back with their second album, appropriately titled 2. The set starts at number 62 while the first album did not chart in the U.K.

The deluxe version of Adam and the Ants Kings of the Wild Frontier reenters the chart at 69. It topped the British Albums chart when it was originally released in 1980. 

Finally, at 88, is the new compilation I've Gotta Be Me: The Very Best of Sammy Davis, Jr. This is only Davis' third album to hit the British top 100. The first was 1963's At the Coconut Grove which peaked at 19 and 2005's The Ultimate Collection, which went to 75.

On the Singles chart, Justin Timberlake stays at number 2 with Can't Stop the Feeling; however, it is at the top of the Singles Sales, Singles Downloads, Urban Singles and Singles Sales in Scotland charts. 


The top twenty albums this week in the U.K. by veteran artists according to the Official Chart Company:
  1. These People - Richard Ashcroft (3)
  2. Fallen Angels - Bob Dylan (5)
  3. I Still Do - Eric Clapton (6)
  4. The Very Best of Prince - Prince (7)
  5. Here You Are: The Best of Billy Ocean - Billy Ocean (13)
  6. Best of Bowie - David Bowie (17)
  7. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead (18)
  8. The Hits 1 - Prince (20)
  9. Smash the Clock - Bruce Foxton (31)
  10. Changesonebowie - David Bowie (32)
  11. Everything Must Go - Manic Street Preachers (33)
  12. The Very Best of Bob Dylan Bob Dylan (34)
  13. Greatest Hits - Bon Jovi (39)
  14. One Voice - Aled Jones (40)
  15. Purple Rain - Prince (42)
  16. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (44)
  17. Curtain Call - Eminem (49)
  18. Post Pop Depression - Iggy Pop (55)
  19. Number Ones - Michael Jackson (57)
  20. The Ultimate Collection - Whitney Houston (61)
The top ten albums overall:
  1. Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande
  2. Views - Drake
  3. These People - Richard Ashcroft
  4. Lemonade - Beyonce
  5. Fallen Angels - Bob Dylan
  6. I Still Do - Eric Clapton
  7. The Very Best of Prince - Prince
  8. A Head Full of Dreams - Coldplay
  9. 25 - Adele
  10. Purpose - Justin Bieber
The top ten vinyl albums:
  1. Changesonebowie - David Bowie
  2. These People - Richard Ashcroft
  3. Fallen Angels - Bob Dylan
  4. King of the Wild Frontier - Adam Ant
  5. Purple Rain - Prince
  6. Rumours Fleetwood Mac
  7. Smash the Clock - Bruce Foxton
  8. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 - Various Artists
  9. The Stone Roses - Stone Roses
  10. Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
The top ten singles:
  1. One Dance - Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla
  2. This is What You Came For - Calvin Harris Featuring Rihanna
  3. Can't Stop This Feeling - Justin Timberlake
  4. Cheap Thrills - Sia
  5. No Money - Galantis
  6. Too Good - Drake Featuring Rihanna
  7. I Took a Pill in Ibiza - Mike Posner
  8. Panda - Desiigner
  9. Cake By the Ocean - DNCE
  10. Work From Home - Fifth Harmony Featuring Ty Dolla $ign
Veteran artists at the top of other British charts:
  • Albums
    • Album Sales - These People - Richard Ashcroft
    • Physical Album Sales - These People - Richard Ashcroft
    • Record Store Sales - Fallen Angels - Bob Dylan
    • Indie Albums - These People - Richard Ashcroft
    • Soundtrack Albums - Purple Rain - Prince
    • Scottish Albums - These People - Richard Ashcroft
    • Americana Albums - 2 - Mudcrutch
    • Jazz & Blues Albums - I Still Do Eric Clapton
    • Country Compilation Albums - The Best of Music & Memories - Daniel O'Donnell
  • Tracks/Singles
    • Singles Sales - Can't Stop This Feeling - Justin Timberlake
    • Singles Downloads - Can't Stop This Feeling - Justin Timberlake
    • Scottish Singles - Can't Stop This Feeling - Justin Timberlake
    • Urban Singles - Can't Stop This Feeling - Justin Timberlake
  • Video
    • Music Videos - Cobain: Montage of Heck - Curt 


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