Elvis Presley Gets 13th Number 1 Album in Britain, Most Ever by Solo Artist; Six Veteran Artists in Top 10

by VVN Music

Veteran recording artists take six of the top ten this week in Britain.

Elvis Presley beat out Michael Buble and Lady Gaga to score his thirteenth number 1 album.

The Wonder of You, the second album of rearranged Presley recordings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, debuts at the top of the charts, the same place that the first in the series, If I Can Dream, started last November. That album stayed at number 1 for two weeks before racking up eleven straight weeks in the top three.

Presley pushes past Madonna to become the lone record holder for most number one albums by a solo artist and within two of the Beatles.
  1. Beatles (15 / 174 weeks at #1)
  2. Elvis Presley (13 / 66 weeks at #1)
  3. Madonna (12 / 30 weeks at #1)
  4. Robbie Williams (11 / 34 weeks at #1)
  5. David Bowie (11 / 27 weeks at #1)
  6. Rolling Stones (10 / 44 weeks at #1)
  7. Michael Jackson (10 / 31 weeks at #1)
  8. Bruce Springsteen (10 / 16 weeks at #1)
  9. U2 (10 / 15 weeks at #1)
  10. ABBA (9 / 57 weeks at #1)
  11. Queen (9 / 21 weeks at #1)
Presley also tops the Sales and Physical Albums chart. 

Leonard Cohen premiers at 4 with his latest studio effort, You Want it Darker, putting his string of top five studio albums at three. In 2012, he went to number 2 with Old Ideas and, in 2014, to number 5 with Popular Problems. He also had two top five albums earlier in his career, Songs From a Room (1969 / #2) and Songs of Love and Hate (1971 / #4). It is also the top seller in Record Stores. 

Phil Collins drops 2 to 6 with his The Singles while Status Quo opens at 7 with Aquostic II: That's a Fact. Their second acoustic reimagining of their hits, it is their 24th album to reach the British top ten. The first Aquostic album peaked at 5 in 2014.

At number 9 is the new album from Korn, The Serenity of Suffering, their third top ten in Britain and the first since 2002's Untouchables. Their last album, The Paradigm Shift (2013) peaked at 16. The Serenity of Suffering is also number 1 on the Rock & Metal Albums.

The sixth and final veteran based album in the top ten is the Original Cast set for the David Bowie musical Lazarus which not only includes the cast performing some of Bowie's best known songs, but also three brand new tracks that he recorded before he died last January. The album is number 1 on the Vinyl albums chart. 

Jimmy Eat World starts at 21 with Integrity Blues which now becomes their highest charting album in Britain ... by one spot.  In 2004, their album Futures went to 22 with each succeeding album dropping off slightly from the one before. 

Ex-Spice Girl Melanie C premiers at 25 with Version of Me, her highest charting in eleven years. Melanie's solo career started big in the late ninety's and early-00's with two top five albums but has failed to ignite the charts since. 

The Pretenders open at 40 with Alone, the second lowest charting studio album of their career in Britain. They set a high standard for themselves in 1979 when their self-titled debut went to number 1. Their next five albums all hit the top twenty before things started to drop off in 1999 with Viva el Amor (#32). Only 2002's Loose Screw did worse, peaking at number 55. 

The top five albums for the week include Presley, Buble's Nobody But Me, Gaga's Joanne, Cohen and last weeks chart topper, Kings of Leon's Walls

The number 1 compilation album for the week is Now That's What I Call 20th Century, a three-CD set of hits from the 80's and 90's. Van Morrison moves 3 to 1 on the Americana chart with Keep Me Singing

For singles, Little Mix is once again number 1 with Shout Out to My Ex followed by Say You Won't Let Go by James Arthur, Closer by the Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey, Starboy by The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk and Starving by Hailee Steinfeld.

Anymore by Melanie C is at the top of the Physical Singles while Oasis has the number 1 vinyl single with Stand By Me

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