Gorillaz Debut at 2 in the U.K.; Eleven Veteran Artists Debut in the Top 100 Albums

by VVN Music

Gorillaz couldn't unseat Ed Sheeran from number 1 on the U.K. Albums chart as Divide sits at the top for the ninth week.

Still, the band's Humanz has started at number 2, the same place as Plastic Beach seven years ago, and gives them their fourth top three album in Britain.

They are just one of eleven veteran artists to debut on the British Albums chart this week.

The resurrection of Steps seems to be continuing well with Tears on the Dancefloor only dropping 2 to 4 in its second week while Take That moves back in to the top ten as Wonderland goes 12 to 10.

The second highest debut by a veteran artist goes to the Cranberries who have re-recorded some of the best known songs from their catalog in acoustic versions with a string quartet on Something Else. Opening at number 18. That's their best showing for a studio album in eighteen years, going back to Bury the Hatchet (1999 / #7). Since then, they have released Wake Up and Smell the Coffee (2001 / #61) and Roses (2012 / #37).

Mark Lanegan, formerly of Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age, starts at 22 with Gargoyle. His tenth studio album, it equals the chart position of his last album, 2014's Phantom Radio and is just one spot shy of his best charting solo album, Blues Funeral (2012 / #21).

Big Big Train debuts at 45 with Grimspound. Their tenth studio album since 1994, it is the first to ever make the British Albums chart. They are also at number 1 on the Rock & Metal Albums.

At 54 is Strength of a Woman, the new album from Mary J. Blige. While she hasn't hit the U.K. top ten in ten years, the album is still the third lowest charting of her career with only My Life (1994 / #59) and My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1) (2011 / #76) fairing worse.

One step lower, at 55, is the premier of New Found Glory's Makes Me Sick. This is their third best charting album in Britain out of nine studio releases after Sticks and Stones (2002 / #10) and Catalyst (2004 / #27).

Willie Nelson opens at 64 with God's Problem Child, giving him only his sixth charting album in Britain, five of which have occurred during the last ten years:
  • Spirit (1996 / #78)
  • Legend: The Best of Willie Nelson (2008 / #16)
  • Heroes (2012 / #73)
  • To All the Girls (2013 / #72)
  • Band of Brothers (2014 / #52)
  • God's Problem Child (2017 / #64)
Thurston Moore, formerly of Sonic Youth, scores his second album to chart in the British top 100 with Rock N Roll Consciousness. Opening at 65, it beats out his last album, The Best Day (2014 / #78) as the highest charting of his five albums.

Bananrama's The Greatest Hits Collection returns to the charts for the first time in eighteen years on the news that the original trio is reuniting. The last time the album was in the top 100 was the week of July 1, 1989. The album returns at 66.

At 76 is the premier of Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, the tenth album that he has put on the British charts; however, it is the lowest charting of those ten. Cray also unseats the Rolling Stones from the top of the Jazz & Blues Chart after 21 weeks.

John Mellencamp is back after 21 years with his first charting album in the U.K. since 1996's Mr. Happy Go Lucky. Sad Clowns and Hillbillies opens at number 78, higher than Happy Go Lucky and giving him his highest charting set in 24 years going back to Human Wheels (1993 / #37).

Ed Sheeran's Divide leads the albums for the ninth week followed by Gorillaz, Human by Rag'N'Bone Man, Steps and Damn by Kanye West.

On the Soundtrack Albums chart, it's all Guardians of the Galaxy as Awesome Mix, Volume 2 is at number 1 and Volume 1 is at 2.

Over on the Singles, DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo and Chance the Rapper are at number 1 with I'm the One followed by Symphony by Clean Bandit Featuring Zara Larson, Shape of You by Ed Sheeran, Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee and Galway Girl by Sheeran.

David Bowie is once again at number 1 on the Physical Singles chart but is knocked from 1 to 2 on the Vinyl Singles by Pink Floyd's Interstellar Overdrive.



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