Blondie Debuts at 4 on U.K. Albums, Nick Cave at 8; Daddy Yankee Scores First Number 1 Single

by VVN Music

In a bit of a surprise, Blondie's new album, Pollinator, has debuted at number 4 on the British Albums chart, their highest charting album in eighteen years.

No Exit hit number 3 in early 1999 and, since, they have released three albums to differing results with The Curse of Blondie (2003) only going to 36, Panic of Girls (2011) faring even worse at 73 and Ghost of Download/Blondie 4(0) Ever (2014) showing the start of a comeback, going to 16.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds debut at number 8 with their collection Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. This is Cave's third charting compilation and the highest placing on the charts with 1998's The Best of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds peaking at 11 and 2005's B Sides and Rarities going to 74.

Two other veteran artists remain in the top ten. The Gorillaz drops from 2 to 5 in their second week with Humanz and Take That stay at number 10 with Wonderland which has been out for seven weeks.

English rockers Slowdive make the fourth album of their career and their first in twenty-two years, Slowdrive, their highest charting album, debuting this week at 16. Their previous best was their 1991 debut, Just For a Day, which peaked at 32.

Texas post-hardcore band At the Drive In start at 30 with in-ter a-li-a. Their fourth album since 1996, it's the second time they've charted in the U.K. with 2000's Relationship of Command going to 33. The have also taken the number 1 spot on the Rock & Metal Albums.

Diana Krall didn't fare quite as well as Turn Up the Quiet premiers at 32, her lowest chart position in seven albums since When I Look In Your Eyes (1999 / #72).

At 34 is the debut of Into the Woods by Hawkwind. The band's 29th studio album, it comes up five positions short of 2016's The Machine Stops which peaked at 29.

The Afghan Whigs start at 58 with In Spades, a slight drop from Do the Beast (2014 / #41). Of their eight studio albums, only three have charted in the U.K. with 1996's Black Love doing best at 37.

Kasabian has finally knocked Ed Sheeran out of the number 1 spot after nine weeks with For Crying Out Loud. That album is followed by Sheeran, Rag'N'Bone Man's Human, Blondie and Gorillaz.

Speaking of a knock out, the Rolling Stones have been removed from the top of the Jazz & Blues Albums after 21 weeks by Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm and their album of the same name.

Daddy Yankee has the number 1 Single in Britain this week with Louis Fonsi and Justin Bieber on Despacito. The new remix, which added Bieber, gave the song a boost over the last couple of weeks moving it from 4 to 3 to 1. It's Daddy Yankee's second major British hit after 2005's Gasolina went to number 5. They are also at the top of the pure Sales chart.

After Despacito is I'm the One by DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber , Quavo and Chance the Rapper, Symphony by Clean Bandit Featuring Zara Larsson, Shape of You by Ed Sheeran nd There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back by Shawn Mendes.

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