Michael Ball & Alfie Boe Hit #1 in the U.K.; Rolling Stones Fall to 2

by VVN Music

The combination of veteran actors and singers Michael Ball and Alfie Boe has resonated strongly with British audiences as their album, Together, moves from 2 to 1 in its sixth week of release, displacing the Rolling Stones.

Ball made his London West End debut in 1985 as Marius in the original production of Les Miserables and, in 1989, had a number 2 hit with Love Changes Everything from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love.

Boe made his recording debut on a 1995 version of Strauss' Die Fledermaus but has moved on to the theater with leads in Les Miserables, La boheme and Finding Neverland. He had previously been as high as number 6 on the British Albums chart with both Alfie (2011) and Storyteller (2012).

Together also tops the Sales and Physical Sales charts.

The Rolling Stones drop 1 to 2 with their album Blue and Lonesome while Elvis Presley holds firm at number 4 with The Wonder of You and Robbie Williams goes 7 to 6 with The Heavy Entertainment Show.

As far as debuts by veteran artists, the only one is Neil Young's Peace Trail which starts at 57.
The album is the 37th studio set by Young to make the British Albums and has the third lowest chart position of that group. 1987's Life peaked at 71 and 1981's Re-ac-tor only went to 69. Young's first two albums, Neil Young and Everybody Knows This is Nowhere (both 1969) did not chart in the U.K.

After Ball and Boe and the Rolling Stones are Little Mix' Glory Days at 3, Presley at 4 and Olly Murs' 24 Hrs at 5.

On other album charts, Now That's What I Call Christmas leads the Downloads, Leonard Cohen's You Want It Darker tops the Vinyl Albums, Metallica continues to be number 1 on the Rock & Metal Albums with Hardwired...to Self Destruct, the Rolling Stones head the Record Store Sales and Americana Albums and Van Morrison's Keep Me Singing leads the Americana Albums.

Clean Bandit is at number 1 on the Singles Chart again with Rockabye followed by Louis Tomlinson and Steve Aoki with Just Hold On, Matt Terry's When Christmas Comes Around, The Weeknd and Daft Punk's Starboy and Rag 'N' Bone Man's Human.

The XX top the Vinyl Singles chart with On Hold

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