U.K.: Mark Knopfler Gets Highest Charting Solo Album of His Career, Van Morrison Has Best in Twenty Years

There are four veteran artists in the British Albums top ten this week led by the debut of Mark Knopfler's new album Tracker.

The album starts at number 3 this week, the highest Knopfler has ever gone in the U.K. as a solo artist and the best he's done on the U.K. charts in any entity since the 1991 Dire Strait's album On Every Street.

Van Morrison's 35th studio album, Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue, premiers at number 5, his best in twenty years. Morrison last reached number 5 in the U.K. with 1995's Days Like This.

Two other albums by veteran artists stay in the top ten this week. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds drop from 4 to 6 in their third week of release with Chasing Yesterday while Madonna falls 2 to 7 in her second week with Rebel Heart.

Keeping the trend for the week going, Modest Mouse scored their highest charting album in the U.K. this week with Strangers to Ourselves arriving at number 28. Their Good News For People Who Love Bad News had previously been their best, peaking at 40.

The last debut goes to Bananarama at number 98 with Megarama: The Mixes.

The top five albums this week in the U.K.:
  1. To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
  2. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
  3. Tracker - Mark Knopfler
  4. X - Ed Sheeran
  5. Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue - Van Morrison
The top five singles:
  1. Lay Me Down - Sam Smith Featuring John Legend
  2. King - Years & Years
  3. FourFiveSeconds - Rihanna & Kanye West & Paul McCartney
  4. Hold Back the River - James Bay
  5. Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
Veteran artists at the top of other British charts:
  • Albums
    • Country Compilations - Blue Smoke: The Very Best of Dolly Parton - Dolly Parton
    • Indie Albums - Chasing Yesterday - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
    • Record Store Sales - Vulnicura - Bjork
  • Tracks/Singles
    • Audio Streams - FourFiveSeconds - Rihanna & Kanye West & Paul McCartney
    • Physical Singles - Sacred - Erasure
  • Video
    • Music Videos - Out of the Blue: Live at Wembley - Electric Light Orchestra

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