Nick Cave, Beatles, Meat Loaf Go 2-3-4 on British Albums Chart; Teenage Fanclub Starts at 10

by VVN Music

There are veteran artists all over the British Albums chart this week including five of the top ten.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds debut at number 2 with Skeleton Key, their highest charting album ever in the U.K.

The album continues a slow and steady climb by Cave releases to the top spot on the chart. Eight years ago Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! went to number 4 and 2013's Push the Sky Away peaked at 3.

Fourteen of the band's fifteen studio albums have made the British Albums chart with seven reaching the top twenty and four going into the top ten. Two compilation albums have also charted as have two Grinderman albums, another Cave project.

Skeleton Key is also at the top of the Vinyl Albums, Record Store and Independent Albums charts.

The Beatles debut at 3 with Live at the Hollywood Bowl. While this is, in many ways, a different album from the 1977 release The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, that album went to number 1 when originally released. They also topped the British charts in 1994 with Live at the BBC.

Meat Loaf scores his seventh straight top five album in Britain with the number 4 debut of Braver Than We Are. Overall, the singer has seen every one of his studio albums equal or do better in the U.K. than his own country where he has only had two top ten LPs. In Britain, only two of his thirteen studio sets failed to make that mark.
  • Stoney & Meatloaf (1971 / DNC U.S. / DNC U.K.)
  • Bat Out of Hell (1977 / #14 U.S. / #9 U.K.)
  • Dead Ringer (1981 / #45 U.S. / #1 U.K.)
  • Midnight at the Lost and Found (1983 / DNC U.S. / #7 U.K.)
  • Bad Attitude (1984 / #74 U.S. / #8 U.K.)
  • Blind Before I Stop (1986 / DNC U.S. / #28 U.K.)
  • Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell (1993 / #1 U.S. / #1 U.K.)
  • Welcome to the Neighborhood (1995 / #17 U.S. / #3 U.K.)
  • Couldn't Have Said It Better (2003 / #85 U.S. / #4 U.K.)
  • Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose (2006 / #8 U.S. / #3 U.K.)
  • Hang Cool Teddy Bear (2010 / #27 U.S. / #4 U.K.)
  • Hell in a Handbasket (2011 / #100 U.S. / #5 U.K.)
  • Braver Than We Are (2016 / TBD U.S. / #4 U.K.)
The Carpenters spend their second week in the top ten with The Nation's Favorite Carpenters Songs which drops 2 to 6.

At 10 is Teenage Fanclub with Here, their third album to make the British top ten. The previously did it in 1995 with Grand Prix (#7) and 1997's Songs From Northern Britain (#3). 

Wilco opens at 25 with Schmilco, giving them a new best in that country. 2011's The Whole Love was their previous best, going to number 30. 

One spot lower is the Devin Townsend Project with Transcendence. Their sixth album since 1995, it is the third to chart in Britain and, at 26, their highest with 2012's Epicloud peaking at 61 and 2014's Z2 going to 46.

The Complete Trio Collection by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris premiers at 47. Only their original collaboration, Trio, previously charted, going to 60 in 1987.

Finally, ZZ Top start at 50 with Live: Greatest Hits From Around the World, their first live album to chart in Britain. 

Bastille has their second chart topping album in Britain with Wild World, followed by Cave, the Beatles, Meat Loaf, and Cartwheels by Ward Thomas. 

On the Singles side, the top four once again stay the same with Closer (Chainsmokers), Let Me Love You (DJ Snake), Cold Water (Major Lazer) and Dancing On My Own (Calum Scott). Sia Featuring Kendrick Lamar fills out the top five with The Greatest.  

The Quireboys are at the top of the Physical Singles chart with Twisted Love

...and in news that will surprise nobody, the top Soundtrack album is again Guardians of the Galaxy, Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (now out 112 weeks).

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