Showman Denies Manic Street Preachers Their First U.K. Number 1 in Twenty Years; Damned Get Highest Charting LP Ever

by VVN Music

Mid-week, it looked like the Manic Street Preachers were about to have their first number 1 album in Britain since 1998, but a showman squeezed by.

The soundtrack for The Greatest Showman moved 2 to 1 for its 13th week at number 1, putting the Preachers at number 2 with Resistance is Futile. Every one of the band's studio albums that they've released since This is My Truth Tell Me More ascended to the top twenty years ago, except 1, took a serious run at the top with three hitting number 2, two going to number 3 and one peaking at 4. Only 2004's Lifeblood failed to chart well, only going to number 13.

The Manic Street Preachers are one of three veteran artists in this week's British top ten. Kylie Minogue's Golden dropped from 1 to 4 in its second week and Evil Spirits by the Damned starts out at 7.

For the Damned, it's their highest charting album ever in the U.K., surpassing 1985's Phantasmagoria which went to 11.  It's also their first album to hit the Top 100 since 1986 with their last three albums all failing to chart.

Metallica opens at number 42 with The 5.98 EP - Garage Days Re-Revisited. The re-release of the album, which has been out of print as an EP since 1989, reached 27 when it was first released.

Tina Turner debuts at 48 with The Greatest Hits while another re-release, David Bowie's Changestwobowie starts at 52. That album went to 24 when it was first released in 1981.

Behind Showman and the Manic Street Preachers is George Ezra's Staying at Tamara's, Minogue and Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy.

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa move 3 to 1 on the Singles chart with "One Kiss" followed by Drake's "Nice For What", Lil Dicky Featuring Chris Brown with "Freaky Friday", George Ezra with "Paradise" and Rudimental, Jess Glynne and Macklemore with "These Days".

Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton have the highest charting single for a veteran artist as "Say Something" moves 15 to 13.

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