P.J. Harvey Gets Her First Number 1 Album in Britain; Santana at 4; Hawkwind's Best in 33 Years, Graham Nash in 44 Years

Twenty-Four years after the release of her debut album, P.J. Harvey has finally made it to the top of the British Albums chart.

The Hope Six Demolition Project opens at number 1, surpassing her second album, 1993's Rid of Me, which peaked at number 3. She also hit the top ten with her last album, 2011's Let England Shake, although it only made it to 8. Overall, eight of her nine albums have made the British top 20.

Aled Jones keeps inching his way up the chart. His One Voice started two weeks ago at 5, went to 4 last week and is at 3 now. That's just one spot short of his all-time best.

Santana's new album, Santana IV, their first album with the original band lineup since 1971, debuts at number 4. That's the band's highest charting album since 2005's All That I Am (#5) and, for the original band, means all four of their sets went to the British top four.
  • Santana (1969 / #4)
  • Abraxas (1970 / #1)
  • Santana III (1971 / #1)
  • Santana IV (2016 / #4)
...and then there is Prince. His passing yesterday happened much later in the British day, so there were up to eight less hours for fans to buy albums before the chart cutoff compared to the U.S. west coast. That didn't stop his music from making an impact with three of his albums jumping back on the chart, Ultimate Prince at 10, The Very Best of Prince at 18 and Purple Rain at 55. 

At 19 is the latest from Andre Rieu, Magic of the Waltz. This is his 21st appearance on the Albums chart. His last album, 2015's Roman Holiday, debuted at number 8.

Veteran rockers Hawkwind have put their new album, The Machine Stops, at 29, their highest chart position in 33 years. In 1982, their album Choose Your Masques also peaked at 29. Since then, they have released sixteen studio albums under various names and lineups but only seven had even made the charts. 

Phil Collins starts at 35 with the new deluxe edition of No Jacket Required. The original, his third studio album, peaked at number 1 back in 1985. 

Graham Nash opens at 41 with This Path Tonight, his highest charting album in Britain, outside of Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young) since 1972's Graham Nash & David Crosby went to 13. 

Finally, at 87 is the premier of the new soul set from Paul Young, Good Thing

The top ten albums this week in the U.K. by veteran artists:
  1. The Hope Six Demolition Project - P.J. Harvey
  2. One Voice - Aled Jones
  3. Santana IV - Santana
  4. Ultimate Prince - Prince
  5. Best of Bowie - David Bowie
  6. The Very Best of Prince - Prince
  7. Best of Bowie - David Bowie
  8. Magic of the Waltz - Andre Rieu
  9. The Man Who Sold the World - David Bowie
  10. The Machine Stops - Hawkwind
The top five albums overall:
  1. The Hope Six Demolition Project P.J. Harvey
  2. 25 - Adele
  3. One Voice - Aled Jones
  4. Santana IV - Santana
  5. Purpose - Justin Bieber
The top five singles:
  1. One Dance - Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kyla
  2. Cheap Thrills - Sia
  3. I Took a Pill in Ibiza - Mike Posner
  4. Work From Home - Fifth Harmony Featuring Ty Dolla Sign
  5. Girls Like - Tinie Tempah Featuring Zara Larsson
Veteran artists at the top of other British charts:
  • Albums
    • Sales - The Hope Six Demolition Project P.J. Harvey
    • Physical Album Sales - The Hope Six Demolition Project P.J. Harvey
    • Vinyl Albums - The Man Who Sold the World - David Bowie
    • Record Store Album Sales - The Man Who Sold the World - David Bowie
    • Soundtrack Album Sales - Guardians of the Galaxy, Awesome Mix Vol. 1 - Various Artists
    • Scottish Albums - The Hope Six Demolition Project P.J. Harvey
    • Country Compilation Albums - The Best of Music & Memories - Daniel O'Donnell
  • Tracks/Singles
    • Physical Single Sales - TVC 15 - David Bowie
    • Vinyl Single Sales - TVC 15 - David Bowie

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Anonymous said...

Yaayyyyy Hawkwind!!

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