Friday, October 14, 2016

Green Day Gets Third British Number 1; Barry Gibb Starts at Number 2

by VVN Music

Green Day has their third number 1 album in the U.K. as Revolution Radio tops the brand new chart for October 14, 2016.

Like in the U.S., they had previously topped the British charts with 2004's American Idiot and 2009's 21st Century Breakdown.  Their last trio of albums in 2012 went 2 (Uno), 10 (Dos), 31 (Tre).

As far as other British charts, Revolution Radio is at the top of the Downloads, Sales, Physical, Vinyl And Rock & Metal tallies.

Green Day is not the only big news this week, though as Barry Gibb debuts at 2 with his third solo album, and second to actually be released, In the Now. Gibb recorded a solo set in 1970, The Kid's No Good, but the first single didn't sell and the rest was scrapped in favor of working on a new Bee Gees album. He then released Now Voyager in 1984 but that album only went to number 85.

Welsh rockers Feeder return to the top ten with All Bright Electric, their ninth studio album in a 21 year recording career. The band had a string of top tens from 1999 to 2008 but their last two albums failed to make those heights.

Placebo are celebrating their twentieth anniversary as a recording entity with the new compilation A Place For Us to Dream which starts at 21 this week while Swedish metal band Meshuggah starts at 32 with The Violent Sleep of Reason. That album is an improvement on their last release, 2012's Koloss, which peaked at 53 but didn't return them to the glory days of fourteen years ago when their Nothing went to 8.

Welsh composer and musician Karl Jenkins opens at 71 with Cantata Memoria: For the Children. Although he has been composing since the early 70's and recording since 1985, this is only his second album to make the British top 100.

Folk singer Kate Rusby charts for the ninth time with Life is a Paper Boat. The number 98 start is her second lowest while her last album, 2012's 20 was her best, going to 22.

Beyond Green Day and Gibb on the albums chart is Alter Bridge with The Last Hero, the Kaiser Chiefs with Stay Together and last week's number 1, Craig David with Following My Intuition.

On the Singles side, James Arthur is once again at number 1 with Say You Won't Let Go followed by Closer by the Chainsmokers with Halsey, Starboy by the Weeknd with Daft Punk, Side to Side by Ariana Grande Featuring Nicki Minaj and The Greatest by Sia with Kendrick Lamar.

Starboy is at the top of the MTV Urban chart.