Blink-182 Gets First Number 1 Album in Britain, Tops Six Other Charts

by VVN Music

Blink-182 have taken the top spot on the British Albums chart for the first time.

Coming off their first change in lineup in over two decades, the trio of Mark Hopus, Travis Barker and new guitarist Matt Skiba hit number 1 with California, beating their previous best, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001 / #4).  In the U.S., Jacket is the band's only number 1 record.

Skiba came into the band last year after a much-publicized breakup with Tom DeLonge who had been with Blink since 1992.

California also tops the Album Sales, Physical Album Sales, Vinyl Album Sales, Independent Album Sales, Record Store and Rock & Metal Albums charts.

Also holding in the British top ten are albums by ELO (All Over the World: The Very Best of ELO, down 3 to 5), Rick Astley (50, down 4 to 8) and The Red Hot Chili Peppers (The Getaway, down 7 to 10).

Maxwell's BlackSUMMERS'night gets a rather inauspicious start at number 72. His last album, BLACKsummers'night went to 66 while 1998's Embrya is his best performing in Britain, hitting number 11.

The only other veteran artist to debut this week is Coldplay with a repackage of the albums Parachutes/Rush of Blood/X&Y/Viva La Vida.

Justin Timberlake drops from 5 to 6 on the Singles chart with Can't Stop the Feeling while, down at 77, is the reentry of the Stone Roses' All For One. The Roses' single is at number 1 on the Physical Single Sales and Vinyl Singles sales charts.

Over on the Official Soundtrack Albums chart, Guardians of the Galaxy, Awesome Mix Vol. 1 remains at number 1 just two weeks shy of its second anniversary of release. The compilation of 70's hits is beating out such discs as the Hamilton cast album, Prince's Purple Rain, Star Wars and the new Game of Thrones.

In country, Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle top the chart for the third week with Colvin & Earle while the Eagles are at number 1 on the Country Compilations with Unplugged 1994. 

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