BRITs Wreak Havoc on British Album Chart; Barlow Still Leads Veterans

The British Album chart had a complete reordering this week in the wake of the BRIT Awards.  Winners and performers shot back into the top ten with the top six spots taken up by albums that have been out for 20 weeks or more.

For veteran artists, it meant major drops. Gary Barlow, who has spent the majority of the last three months in the top ten, dropped 9 to 23 while Suzanne Vega, who had the highest debut of her career last week, falls completely out of the top 100.

The BRIT winners/performers increase did send David Bowie's The Next Day from 150 to 50 after he won Best British Male Vocalist.

The only debut that can be even slightly attributed to a veteran artist is the soundtrack for The Lego Movie with music by Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo.

The Album chart is topped by Bad Blood by Bastille (51 weeks on the chart) followed by AM by the Arctic Monkeys (24 weeks), Settle by Disclosure (38 weeks), Halcyon by Ellie Goulding (72 weeks) and Home by Rudimental (43 weeks).

Sam Smith is at the top of the Singles chart with Money on My Mind followed by Pharrell Williams' Happy and Clean Bandit's Rather Be.

Veteran artists topping other British charts:
  • Catalog Albums - Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits
  • Country Compilation Albums - Greatest Hits: 18 Kids - Keith Urban

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