Barbra Streisand Tops the British Albums Chart; Parton, Marley & Astley All in Top Ten; De la Soul & New Model Army Set Two Decade Marks

by VVN Music

Barbra Streisand's new album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, is the top album for the week in the U.K.

The album is her sixth chart topper since she first reached the peak in 1979:
  • Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 (1979)
  • Guilty (1980)
  • Love Songs (1982)
  • The Essential Barbra Streisand (2002)
  • Love is the Answer (2009)
  • Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway (2016)
Overall, this is her thirteenth top ten album in Britain, a list which includes her last set, 2014's Partners, which went to number 2.

Encore also was at the top of the Album Sales (physical and album) and Physical Album Sales charts

Dolly Parton drops 2 to 4 with her latest, Pure & Simple, in its second week of release. It also remains at the top of the Country Artists Albums list. 

Bob Marley and the Wailers' Legend drops one from 5 to 6 while Rick Astley returns to the top ten with 50, moving from 12 to 7. 50 has now been out for 14 weeks, eight of which it has spent in the top ten including one week at number 1.

De la Soul debuts at 16 with And the Anonymous Nobody, their seventh charting album in the U.K., giving the band their highest position in 25 years going back to the 1991 album De la Soul is Dead which went to number 7.  The group's last album, 2003's The Best of De la Soul, peaked just one spot lower at 17. 

And the Anonymous Nobody is also at number 1 on the Vinyl Albums Sales chart. 

At 25 is Winter, the new album from New Model Army. That gives the band their highest charting album in almost as long as De la Soul, 23 years. Their last big one was 1993's The Love of Hopeless Causes which went to 22. 

Celine Dion's new French language album, Encore Un Soir, starts at 88, rounding out the new albums by veteran artists on this week's chart.

Behind Streisand is the debut of Britney Spears' Glory (yes, Barbra outsold Britney), Frank Ocean's Blonde, Parton and Blurryface by twentonepilots. 

The top single of the week is the Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey's Closer followed by Let Me Love You by DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber, Cold Water by Major Lazer with Justin Beiber and M0, Dancing on My Own by Calum Scott and Heathens by twentyonepilots. 

New Model Army tops the Physical Singles and Vinyl Singles Sales charts with Devil while the Red Hot Chili Peppers are once again at the top of the Rock & Metal Singles chart with the classic hit Can't Stop

Finally, its no big surprise that Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 is at the top of the Soundtrack Albums chart once again, two years and six weeks after its release. 

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