George Michael Has Highest Charting Album by a Veteran Artist in Britain; Rick Wakeman's Highest Position in 42 Years

by VVN Music

Just short of one month after his untimely death, George Michael continues to ride high on the British Albums chart as his Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael holds at number 4, making it the highest charting album for the week by a veteran artist.

The LP that held that distinction for the last two week, Classic House by Pete Tong, falls to number 6 after two weeks at 2 while the Rolling Stones' Blue and Lonesome holds at number 10. The Stones also remain at number 1 on the Jazz & Blues Albums chart.

The one debut by a veteran in the top ten goes to Rick Wakeman with his solo piano album Piano Portraits. Opening at number 7, it is the highest Wakeman has been in 42 years, since The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table went to 2 in 1975. It is also a very rare high placing for an album highlighting a single, solo instrument.

Counting albums by groups in which Wakeman participated, it is still his highest charting album in 26 years as Yes' Union also peaked at 7 in 1991.

At 38 is the premier of the Flaming Lips' Oczy Mlody giving them their best showing in a decade back to 2006's At War With the Mystics (#6).

The xx have the top album for the week with I See You followed by Glory Days by Little Mix, the La La Land soundtrack, Michael and Migration by Bonobo.


Ed Sheeran keeps the top two positions on the Singles chart again this week with Shape of You and Castle on the Hill followed by Human by Rag 'N' Bone Man, You Don't Know Me by Jax Jones and Raye and Rockabye by Clean Bandit.

Over on the Rock and Metal Singles chart, the Red Hot Chili Peppers return to number 1 but not with something from their latest album, but for the 2003 single Can't Stop. The track has been number 1 for a number of weeks this year on a chart that is "based on sales of downloads, CDs, vinyl and other formats, across a seven day period". It has been on the Rock and Metal Singles for 235 weeks.

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