Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, Cliff Richard, Elvis Presley, Robbie Williams & Leonard Cohen Take 3 Through 7 in Britain

by VVN Music

While Olly Murs and Emeli Sande debuted at 1 and 2 in Britain this week, spots 3 through 7 are full of veterans.

The highest charting of the week goes to Michael Ball and Alfie Boe whose Together drops 2 to 3 in its second week of release.

At 4 is the one new album of the five, Just Fabulous Rock 'N' Roll by Cliff Richard. The 44th studio album for the singer, it is the highest charting in three releases, since Bold as Brass went to number 3 in 2010. Overall, it's his 28th studio set to make the top ten and 15th to make the top five.

Following Richard are Elvis Presley's The Wonder of You (3 to 5), Robbie William's The Heavy Entertainment Show (1 to 6) and Leonard Cohen's You Want It Darker (29 to 7). Darker is also at the top of the Record Store Sales tally.

David Bowie premiers at 13 with his latest collection Legacy which is really quite impressive when you consider that the last Bowie collection, Nothing Has Changed, came out just two years ago and went to number 5.

At 15 is the new studio album from Sting, 57th & 9th, placing in what is familiar territory for the singer. His last top ten album was 2003's Sacred Love and since has gone 24 (Songs From the Labyrinth), 15 (If On a Winter's Night), 30 (Symphoncities) and 14 (The Last Ship). Before Labyrinth, he was on a run of seven straight top five sets.

Simple Minds comes in at 16 with their new album Acoustic which sees them rerecord some of their best known music in a non-electric setting. Their last two albums made the top twelve (Graffiti Soul (2009 / #10) and Big Music (2014 / #12)).

Pink Floyd opens at 19 with The Early Years: 1965-72 giving veteran artists 11 of the top twenty albums with the addition of Phil CollinsThe Singles (#14) and Roy Orbison's The Ultimate Collection (#20). Pink Floyd also tops the Rock & Metal Albums chart.

At 24 is the debut of We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service by A Tribe Called Quest. Their first (and last) studio album in 18 years, it is their highest charting ever in the U.K., beating out Beats, Rhymes and Life (1996 / #28).

Enigma's The Fall of the Rebel Angel premiers at 40, becoming their highest charting album in Britain in sixteen years. Their 2000 album The Screen Behind the Mirror went to 7.

In Flames falls a little short with Battles which opens at 75. Their last four studio albums did better in the U.K.; however, only as high as 52 with 2014's Sirens Charms.

Finally, at 84 is 88 year old film composer Ennio Morricone with Morricone 60. The album assembles some of his best known themes from the last sixty years of his career.

On the Singles chart, Clean Bandit is again at number 1 with Rockabye followed by James Arthur (Say You Won't Let Go), Little Mix (Shout Out to My Ex), Rae Sremmurd Featuring Gucci Mane (Black Beatles) and The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk (Starboy).

Finally, Oasis is at number 1 on the Vinyl Singles with Stand By Me.

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