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.)