Veteran Artists Take Half of British Top Ten, Nine of Top Twenty

by VVN Music

With the last chart covering the Christmas season, veteran artists have scored big on the British Albums chart.

With five of the top ten and nine of the top twenty, it is one of the top weeks of the year for those who have been recording for twenty years or more.

The top album by a veteran act again this week is Michael Ball & Alfie Boe's Together, which drops from 1 to 2. With its strong surge in sales for the holidays, the album is the top selling album that was released in 2016 in the U.K. (more on that when we review the British charts for 2016 later today).

Together is also at the top of the Physical Albums while Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 heads the Vinyl Albums

Elvis Presley holds at 3 with The Wonder of You while the Rolling Stones go 4 to 5 with Blue & Lonesome, Robbie Williams falls 6 to 7 with The Heavy Entertainment Show and George Michael leaps back onto the charts at number 8 after his untimely death with Ladies and Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael.

Farther down, the still strong 50 by Rick Astley jumps 17 to 13, Phil Collins' The Singles moves 11 to 17, Andre Rieu's Falling in Love drops 12 to 18 and David Bowie's Legacy went 16 to 19.

Also returning to the chart for George Michael was Twenty-Five (#47), Faith (#62), Symphonica (#73) and Older (#84).

No new releases, by a veteran or modern artists, charted.

On the other charts, Metallica retains the number 1 spot on the Rock & Metal Albums with Hardwired...To Self Destruct, the Rolling Stones top the Official Record Store sales and Jazz & Blues Albums, Astley's 50 heads the Independent Albums and Van Morrison's Keep Me Singing is atop the Americana Albums.

Little Mix are at number 1 with Glory Days followed by Ball & Boe, Presley, Olly Murs' 24 Hours and the Rolling Stones.

Clean Bandit once again tops the Singles chart with Rockabye followed by Zara Larson's I Would Like, Rag 'N' Bone Man's Human, Little Mix's Touch and Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas is You.

George Michael also saw a jump on the Singles chart with Last Christmas (Wham!) moving 16 to 7 while Careless Whisper is at 44, Faith at 64 and Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me at 91.

The Audio Streaming chart has Carey at the top and Wham! at number 2 and Michael tops the Vinyl Singles chart with Freedom.

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