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Led Zeppelin Hit Highest Spot on British Albums Chart in 37 Years; Shakin' Stevens & Ian Hunter Also Have Multi-Decade Bests

by VVN Music

Veteran artists claim nine of the top twenty albums on the British top twenty this week with a flurry of new releases and a number of holdovers.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds hold at number 2 for a second week with Skeleton Tree while Led Zeppelin debuts at 3 with The Complete BBC Sessions. For Zeppelin, that is the highest they have been on the British charts in 37 years going back to 1979's In Through the Out Door which went to number 1. Since that time, their best showings were Coda (1982 / #4), Mothership (2007 / #4) and Celebration Day (2012 / #4).

The Complete BBC Sessions is also the top selling Vinyl Album along with Rock & Metal Album this week.

Usher debuts at 7 with Hard II Love, a major fall for the singer as he had a run of five albums, dating back to 1997, that had made it to the British top 3. Of those albums, 8701 (2001), Confessions (2004) and Here I Stand (2008) went to number 1, Raymond v. Raymond (2010) hit number 2 and Looking 4 Myself (2012) peaked at 3.

The rest of the veteran artists in the top twenty are holdovers. The Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl drops just 3 to 4 in its second week while Bob Marley & the Wailers Legend moves up 13 to 9 in its 739th week on the chart. The Nation's Favourite Carpenters Songs drops 6 to 12, Better Than We Are by Meatloaf 4 to 14, Barbra Streisand's Encore fell 11 to 15 and ELO's All Over the World goes up from 17 to 20.

Shakin' Stevens, who was running in the top 15 at mid week, ended up debuting at 22 with Echoes of Time, but that is still good enough to give him his highest charting album since 1983's The Bop Won't Stop went to 21.

Also scoring a multi-decade best is Ian Hunter and the Rant Band whose Fingers Crossed premiers at 36. Hunter has only had two albums that have done better, his 1975 solo debut Ian Hunter (#21) and 1976's All American Alien Boy (#29).

Petula Clark opens at 70 with From Now On. Clark has released over sixty albums, ten of which made the British top 100. Of those ten, this album is the lowest she has place and her last album, 2013's Lost In You, went to 24.

Finally, Madeline Peyroux debuts at 96 with Secular Hymns which, like Clark, is the lowest charting set of the six albums that she has put on the British top 100. The album, however, at the top of the Jazz & Blues Albums chart.

This week's top five albums in the U.K.:
  1. Wild World - Bastille
  2. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  3. The Complete BBC Sessions - Led Zeppelin
  4. Live at the Hollywood Bowl - Beatles
  5. Cartwheels - Ward Thomas
On the singles side, there is finally a bit of change. The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey remain at number 1 with Closer; however, James Arthur jumps from 25 to 2 with Say You Won't Let Go. Last week's 2 and 3, Let Me Love You by DJ Snake Featuring Justin Bieber and Cold Water by Major Lazer, Justin Bieber and M0 each fall one spot while Calvin Harris debuts at 5 with My Way.

On the Physical Singles chart, the Pet Shop Boys are at the top with Say It To Me.