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Classical, Elvis and Dylan Lead the Veterans on the British Album Chart

In the United States, a successful classical music album may only sell a few thousand copies but there is a much bigger audience in Europe for "serious music" artists, even when they play more pop music.

The top selling album in Britain this week by a veteran artist goes to Andre Rieu and His Johann Strauss Orchestra with Music of the Night, an album that mixes pop and Broadway music with pieces of a more classical nature. It opens at number 4 and is Rieu's second top ten album in the U.K. after 2010's Forever Vienna which went to number 2.

Debuting at 7 is a new collection of Elvis Presley music based on the ITV special The Nation's Favorite Elvis Songs. Elvis compilations regularly do well in Britian with recent top tens for Love, Elvis (2005 / #8), The King (2007 / #1) and Elvis 75 (2010 / #8).

Another new compilation, this time by Bob Dylan, debuts at 16 with The Very Best of Bob Dylan. Previous top twenty collections include The Best of Bob Dylan, Volume 1 (1997 / #6), The Essential Bob Dylan (2000 / #9) and Dylan (2007 / #10).

The Mercury Prize broadcast brought David Bowie's latest album, The Next Day, from 99 to 28 while the Extra version of the album debuts at 89.  In addition, the impending Christmas season has boosted Rod Stewart's Merry Christmas Baby from 154 to 32.

Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 tops the British Album chart followed by debuts by James Arthur, Tinie Tempah, Rieu and the Overtones.

On the singles chart, Storm Queen is new at number 1 with Look Right Through followed by last week's number 1, The Monster by Eminem and Rihanna, and Move by Little Mix.


Ooh! André Rieu, Elvis and Eminem in the same article! We've just re-defined the idea of being a veteran. ;-)
Anonymous said…
Actually, Elvis debuted at No.7.