Thunder Debuts at 3 on the British Albums While David Bowie Takes the Physical & Vinyl Singles Charts

by VVN Music

British hard rockers Thunder have the highest charting album by a veteran artist in Britain this week with Rip It Up.

The album, their eleventh since 1990, premiers at number 3 and is the second highest charting of their career, falling just short of the 1992 set Laughing on Judgement Day which went to 2.

Rip It Up is also at the top of the Rock & Metal and Independent Albums.

For the first time in many weeks, Thunder is the only veteran artist in the top ten as Pete Tong's Classic House falls 4 to 11 and the Black Star Riders' Heavy Fire drops 6 to 59.

At 46 is the premier of Michael Bolton's Songs of Cinema, his lowest charting studio album in ten years, going back to Bolton Sings Sinatra (2006 / #54). His last three albums all made the top twenty (One World One Love (2009 / #19), Gems: The Duets Collection (2011 / #11), Ain't No Mountain High Enough: A Tribute to Hitsville U.S.A. (2013 / #19).

Blackfield's V, the collaboration between Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen, starts at 54.  Over five albums, they have progressively done better with their first two albums not charting followed by Welcome to My DNA (2011 / #139) and Blackfield IV (2013 / #95).

V also tops the Independent Album Breakers chart.

Rag'n'Bone Man is at the top of the Albums chart with Human, which the Official Charts Company has named the fastest selling debut album by a male artist this decade, outselling both Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith. He's followed by Elbow's Little Fictions, Thunder, Nine's One Foot Out and the La La Land soundtrack.

Van Morrison is at the top of the Americana Albums again with Keep Me Singing, the Rolling Stones continue their long run at the peak of the Jazz & Blues Albums and Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky move to number 1 on the Country Artists Albums chart.

Ed Sheeran is at the top of the Singles chart for the sixth week with Shape of You followed by Human by Rag'n'Bone Man, Sheeran's Castle on the Hill, You Don't Know Me by Jax Jones Featuring Raye and I Don't Wanna Live Forever by Taylor Swift and Zayn.

David Bowie is at the top of the Physical and Vinyl Singles charts with Sound and Vision. The full top three on the vinyl singles belong to veterans as Bowie is followed by Stone Foundation and Paul Weller with Your Balloon is Rising and Blondie's Fun. 

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