Ryan Adams Leaps Onto the British Albums Chart at Number 3

by VVN Music

Ryan Adams has just hit a new career best in the U.K. as his new album, Prisoner, debuts at number 3.

Fourteen of Adams' seventeen albums have charted in the U.K. but only two had previously made it to the top ten, Ashes & Fire (2011 / #9) and Ryan Adams (2014 / #6). His last album, the full cover version of Taylor Swift's 1989, peaked at 19.

Prisoner also holds the top position on the Vinyl, Record Store and Americana Albums charts.

Adams is the only veteran artist in this week's top ten although George MichaelsLadies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michaels moves 13 to 11, partially due to the salute to his career on Wednesday night's BRIT Awards.

The eclectic group Dreadzone opens at 39 with Dread Times, their twelfth album and second biggest in the U.K. just slightly behind 1995's Second Light which peaked at 37.

Status Quo are back with another in a long string of compilations, Keep 'Em Coming! The Collection, which premiers at 70. It is the lowest peak position of any of their ten hits collections to chart in the U.K.

Finally, at 84, is the new edition of the Damned's debut Damned, Damned, Damned. The original album, released in 1977, peaked at 36 in Britain.

Rag'N'Bone Man tops the British Albums for the second week with Human followed by Under Stars by Amy MacDonald, Prisoner, X by Ed Sheeran and 25 by Adele.

The compilation album Now That's What I Call R&B, with a disc of classic soul and one of modern, helms the R&B Albums Chart, Thunder is at number 1 for a second week on the Rock & Metal Albums and the Rolling Stones continue to top the Jazz & Blues Albums with Blue & Lonesome.

Ed Sheeran has three of the top five singles this week with Shape of You (#1), How Would You Feel (Paean) (#2) and Castle on the Hill (#4). The other two positions in the top five are Rag'N'Bone Man's Human at 3 and Katy Perry and Skip Marley's Chained to the Rhythm at 5.

As far as veteran artists, Take That debuts at 13 with Giants and Beyonce and Jay Z are featured on the debut at 70, DJ Khaled's Shining. Take That take the top spot on the Physical Singles while David Bowie is at number 1 for a second week on the Vinyl Singles with Sound and Vision.

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