Shania Twain Debuts at #1 in Britain, David Gilmour at 3; Veteran Artists Take Seven of Top Twelve

by VVN Music

Shania Twain has edged out Wolf Alice to take the number 1 spot on the British Albums chart with Now.

It's her first trip to the top since Come On Over did it in 1998; however, four of her five studio albums have made the U.K. top ten along with her 2004 Greatest Hits set.

Veteran artists are dominating the top twelve in Britain this week, taking seven of the top twelve spots.  Of the new albums, David Gilmour starts at 3 with Live at Pompeii. That is the third highest of the seven solo albums that he has charted in the U.K.  Two albums, 2006's On an Island and 2015's Rattle That Lock made it to number 1.

Michael Jackson premiers at 9 with the new compilation, Scream, made up of tracks that, like "Thriller", could be considered on the scarier/Halloween side.

Welsh band Feeder opens at 10 with The Best of Feeder, their thirteenth album to make the top 100 albums since 1997. Their previous hits set, The Singles, went to number 2 in 2006 and ties for their highest charting album with 2005's Pushing the Senses.

Chris Rea debuts at 11 with Road Songs For Lovers, his best charting studio set since 1998's The Blue Cafe which peaked at 10. Since that album, his compilation Still So Far to Go: The Best of Chris Rea went to number 8. Overall, this is Rea's 28th charting album in 38 years.

At 12 is the new instrumental album, Road Songs for Lovers by for ABBA member Benny Andersson. Since the breakup of ABBA, Anderson has released ten purely solo albums in his own name and as the Benny Andersson Orkester and Benny Andersson Band, but this is the first to chart in Britain.

Filling out the seven veteran artists are the Foo Fighters whose Concrete and Gold moved 2 to 6 in its third week of release.

David Bowie's new multi-disc set A New Career in Town: 1977-1982, which chronicles his Berlin period, opens at 19. Of the three box sets in the series, this one is charting the highest. Five Years: 1969-1973 went to 45 in 2015 and Who Can I Be Now: 1974-1976 peaked at 21 in 2016.

The original cast album for Girl From the North Country, which is built around the music of Bob Dylan, starts at 28 while the latest case of recasting older recordings with new orchestral arrangements, Someone to Watch Over Me by Ella Fitzgerald and the London Symphony Orchestra, starts at 53.

Finally, Neil Finn is in at 71 with Out of Silence, the lowest charting of the five solo albums that have made the British list.

The death of Tom Petty late in the charting week put two of his albums back on the chart, Greatest Hits at 14 and Full Moon Fever at 74.

Twain is followed by Wolf Alice and Visions of a Life, Gilmour, Ed Sheeran's Divide and Demi Lovato's Tell Me You Love Me.

On the singles chart, Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage is at number 1 with Rockstar followed by Sam Smith's Too Good at Goodbyes, Camila Cabello Featuring Young Thug with Havana, Dua Lipa's New Rules and Avicii Featuing Rita Ora and Lonely Together. 

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