At Mid-Week, Veteran Artists Have Five of Top Ten Albums in Britain and Rick Astley is Back to Leading Them All

by VVN Music

Adele's triumphant performance as the Saturday night headliner at the Glastonbury Festival has propelled her multi-million selling album 25 back to the top of the British charts at mid-week but the very surprising Rick Astley is not far behind.

Used as the brunt of jokes for the last half-decade and without a major hit single or album since the early-1990's, Astley surprised everyone by topping the British Albums chart two weeks ago with his new album, 50. While some saw it as a first week surge from old fans, Astley has proven them all wrong, dropping only to number 4 in its second week of release and, now, at mid-week, moving back up to number 2 without Adele.

Four other veteran acts make the mid-week top ten. All Over the World: The Very Best of ELO moves 7 to 3 on the strength of Jeff Lynne and the band's performance at Glastonbury. The Red Hot Chili Pepper's The Getaway falls from 2 to 5, Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool from 1 to 7 and Neil Young's Earth is at 10.

Invention of Knowledge by Anderson/Stolt (Yes' Jon Anderston & Swedish guitarist Roine Stolt) makes a very impressive premier at 29. It is Anderson's highest trip on the British chart with a non-Yes album since Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe hit 14 in 1989. He was included on the album The Ultimate Yes which reached 10 in 2003.

Steve Hackett currently sits at 33 with The Total Experience Live in Liverpool while Steve Vai's Modern Primitive/Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition is at 51.

The final numbers will be released by the Official Charts Company on Friday.

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