Michael Ball & Alfie Boe Move Up to 2 on British Albums Chart; Elvis at 3, Kate Bush Debuts at 4

by VVN Music

The big early week sales for the new Kate Bush live album, Before the Dawn, looked like it would propel Kate to the number 1 spot for the first time in decades but, as the week ended, three other albums managed to slip buy.

Little Mix's Glory Days stays at number 1 for a second week followed by Together by Michael Ball and Alfie Boe and Elvis Presley's The Wonder of You which is in its sixth week of release.

Ball & Boe's Together, which has now been out four weeks, is actually the top selling album and the top selling physical album of the week in Britain but Little Mix pulled it out on the overall chart with gains in streaming.

For Bush, this makes 11 out of 12 albums (studio, live & compilation) that have made the top 5 in Britain and the twelfth set, 1978's Lionheart, peaked at number 6. Quite an amazing run over 38 years.

Before the Dawn also tops the Vinyl Albums and Record Store Albums charts.

At 7 is the latest from Andre Rieu & the Johann Strauss Orchestra, Falling in Love.  Rieu has had an impressive seven years on the British charts, especially for an artist identified with the classical genre. Since reaching number 2 in 2010 with Forever Vienna, Rieu has charted 22 albums including eight that have made the top ten, at least one from each year from 2010 to 2016:
  • Forever Vienna (2010 / #2)
  • Moonlight Serenade (2010 / #4)
  • And the Waltz Goes On (2011 / #7)
  • Magic of the Movies (2012 / #2)
  • Music of the Night (2013 / #4)
  • Love in Venice (2014 / #4)
  • Roman Holiday (2015 / #8)
  • Falling in Love (2016 / #7)
Prince opens at 24 with 4Ever, his 32nd charting album in Britain. Six of those were compilations of which this is the first that did not make the top five. Previous charting compilations:
  • The Hits 1 (1993 / #5)
  • The Hits 2 (1993 / #5)
  • The Hits/The B-Sides (1993 / #4)
  • The Very Best of Prince (2001 / #2)
  • Ultimate Prince (2006 / #3)
  • 4Ever (2016 / #24)
Welsh singer Aled Jones starts at 30 with One Voice at Chirstmas. That's equivalent to his last holiday album, 2004's The Christmas Album, which peaked at 28. 

Garth Brooks premiers at 81 with his latest, Gunslinger, his second lowest charting album ever in Britain. Only 2001's Scarecrow did worse, peaking at 82. Brooks' best performing album was 1994's In Pieces which went to number 2. 

The top five albums of the week are Glory Days by Little Mix followed by Ball & Boe, Presley, Bush and Starboy by The Weeknd. 

Metallica's Hardwired...To Self Destruct remains at number 1 on the Rock & Metal Albums for a second week, Rick Astley's 50 tops the Independent Albums and Van Morrison's Keep Me Singing is number 1 on the Americana Albums. 

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

Finally, the Rolling Stones have the top selling Vinyl Single with Ride 'Em On Down

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