Rolling Stones Get Their 12th Number 1 Album in Britain

by VVN News

The Rolling Stones' all-blues album, Blue & Lonesome, has done something that the band hasn't accomplished in 22 years. Put a new studio album at the top of the British chart.

This is the twelfth time the Stones have topped this chart:
  • Rolling Stones (1964)
  • Rolling Stones No. 2 (1965)
  • Aftermath (1966)
  • Let It Bleed (1969)
  • Get Your Ya-Ya's Out (1970)
  • Sticky Fingers (1971)
  • Exile on Main Street (1972)
  • Goat's Head Soup (1973)
  • Emotional Rescue (1980)
  • Voodoo Lounge (1994)
  • Exile on Main Street: Deluxe Edition (2010)
  • Blue & Lonesome (2016)
Blue & Lonesome sold 106,000 copies in its first week, second only to David Bowie's Blackstar for the biggest first-week sales of the year. According to the Official Charts Company, 99% of that figure was from purchases with only 1% attributed to streaming. 

While the Stones had the best selling album overall for the week, they couldn't dominate Downloads, coming in second to the Now That's What I Call Christmas. The album is number one on the Sales, Physical Albums, Record Store Sales and Jazz & Blues charts.

Three more veteran artists are in the week's top ten, Michael Ball & Alfie Boe at 2 with Together, Elvis Presley at 4 with The Wonder of You and Robbie Williams at 7 with The Heavy Entertainment Show

Presley's album is also the top selling vinyl album of the week. 

Jean Michael Jarre debuts in the top 100 twice with Oxygene 3 at 41 and the collection The Oxygene Trilogy at 78. The original Oxygene went to number 2 in 1977 while Oxygene 7-13 hit 11 in 1997. 

Bob Dylan debuts at 60 with The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert, released separately from the massive 1966 live box set when it was discovered that the Royal Albert Hall show that had previously released was actually from another venue. 

The last debut is Piano by Jools Holland which, at 92, is the lowest charting of the seventeen albums he has put in the top 100 since 1990. 

After the Rolling Stones comes Ball & Boe, Glory Days by Little Mix, Presley and 24 Hrs by Olly Murs. 

On the Rock & Metal Albums, Metallica's Hardwired to Self Destruct takes number one followed by Jarre's Oxygene 3. The top Americana album is, once again, Keep Me Singing by Van Morrison

On the Singles chart, Clean Bandit is again 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 Neikid's Sexual

Outside of the top 5, Mariah Carey jumps from 29 to 6 with All I Want For Christmas is You while Daft Punk is back supporting The Weeknd again at number 10 with I Feel It Coming

The Stones have the top selling Physical and Vinyl Single for the week with Ride 'Em On Down


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