Radiohead & Red Hot Chili Peppers Battling For Number 1 in the U.K.; Rick Astley to Stay Top 5

by VVN Music

It's a battle to see which veteran artists tops the British Albums chart this week.

Radiohead's month old A Moon Shaped Pool, which was only out via digital download sites, finally saw CD and vinyl hit stores resulting in a big sales surge, one that could stop the Red Hot Chili Peppers from getting their fifth number 1.

At mid-week, Radiohead is about 4,000 units ahead of the RHCP's The Getaway, not an impossible amount to make up but certainly improbable.

If Radiohead stays at number 1, they will return to the spot they occupied on the chart of May 19. Since then, the album had fallen to number 85. A Moon Shaped Pool was their sixth British chart topper.

Last week's number 1, Rick Astley's 50, fall to number 4 on the mid-week chart, showing that the album has some definite staying power. Many times, surprise "hit" albums, especially from older artists, start off huge but drop dozens of spots in the second week after the big fan push.

Other veteran artists remaining in the mid-week top ten include ELO (#7) and Paul McCartney (#9) while the Stone Roses, Paul Simon, Gilbert O'Sullivan, David Bowie and the Red Hot Chili Peppers (Greatest Hits) all sit between 11 and 20.

Veteran artists debuts farther down the chart:
  • 24. case/lang/veirs - case/lang/veirs (Neko Case, k.d. lang, Laura Veirs)
  • 40. The Glowing Man - Swans
  • 60. 75th Birthday Celebration - Joan Baez & Various Artists
  • 82. The Very Best of: 25 Years - Proclaimers
  • 93. Alive in Amsterdam - Walter Trout
Final charts will be out on Friday. 

Meanwhile, in the states, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are up against Drake for the top of the charts next week (chart released June 28) with both looking at Sales + Streaming of 110,000 to 115,000 according to Hits Daily Double. 

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