Bruce Springsteen Debuts at 2 in the U.K. With "Chapter & Verse"; Marillion Have Highest Charting Album Since 1987

by VVN Music

Bruce Springsteen just misses the top of the British Albums chart with his album Chapter and Verse.

Released in conjunction with his new autobiography, the album includes music dating back to the 60's and up through his latest projects. At number 2, that's the highest a compilation of Springsteen material has gone in the U.K. since 1995's Greatest Hits went to number 1.

Chapter and Verse also tops the Album Sales, Physical Album Sales and Vinyl Album Sales charts.

Rockers Marillion score their highest charting album in Britain in 29 years with F E A R. The album debuts at number 4, an exceedingly high mark as three of their last six albums didn't even chart and none went higher than the 20's.

The last time Marillion was this high in the U.K. was 1987 when Clutching at Straws peaked at number 2. Overall, it's the band's third highest charting album of their 18 studio releases.

Clutching at Straws also tops the Rock & Metal Albums chart.

The last veteran artist in the top ten is Bob Marley and the Wailers whose legend moves up from 9 to 7 in its 740th week on the charts.

David Bowie's new set, Who Can I Be Now: 1974-1976, starts at number 21. The second in a series of compilations, it has done considerably better than the first in the set, Five Years (1969-1973), which only went to 45; however, it was released before Bowie's death.

At 28 is Shine a Light: Field Recordings From the Great American Railroad by Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, Bragg's sixteenth studio release. It takes a bit of a fall from his last album, 2013's Tooth and Nail (#13).

Greek composer and artist Vangelis premiers at 40 with Rosetta, his highest charting studio album in Britain in 40 years. In 1976, his Albedo 0.39 peaked at 18.  Rosetta is his fourteenth album since that time and only the fourth to make the top 100.

The latest UB40 compilation, seventeenth, Red Red Wine: The Essential UB40, opens at 59 while the latest album by Chris deBurgh, A Better World, comes in one step lower at 60.

Passenger has the number 1 album for the week in the U.K. with Young as the Morning Old as the Sea followed by Springsteen, Illuminate by Shawn Mendes, Marillion and Wild World by Bastille.

The top selling album in U.K. Record Stores remains Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds for the second week.

James Arthur tops the Singles chart with Say You Won't Let Go followed by the Chainsmoker's Closer, Starboy by The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk, My Way by Calvin Harris and Let Me Love You by DJ Snake Featuring Justin Beiber.

The Pet Shop Boys are at the top of the Physical Singles and Vinyl Singles charts for a second week with Say It To Me.

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