Compilation of Soft Cell & Marc Almond Debuts at 7 in U.K.; Ed Sheeran Has 14 of Top 15 Singles

by VVN Music

There's little else to talk about this week on the British charts other than Ed Sheeran. He is at number 1 (Divide), 3 (X) and 6 (+) and has sixteen of the top nineteen tracks on the singles chart including fourteen of the top fifteen.

There are, however, a few other acts on the charts in lesser positions. The top one by a veteran artist goes to Soft Cell and Marc Almond with Hits and Pieces / The Best of Soft Cell & Marc Almond. The album debuts this week at 7, the highest Soft Cell has been since 1983's The Art of Falling Apart went to 3 and the highest ever for Marc Almond, a spot formerly held by Memorabilia: The Singles (1991 / #8).

Paul Weller debuts at 44 with the EP soundtrack to the film Jawbone. It's only his second EP out of six to chart in the U.K. with the other being his first, The Weaver (1993 / #18).

Marti Pellow, formerly of the Scottish band Wet Wet Wet, premiers at 54 with Mysterious. It is his tenth solo release, seven of which made the top 100. His last album, 2014's Boulevard of Love, did not chart and the previous year's Hope went to 60.

Bush is in at 63 with Black and White Rainbows, their best showing in Britain since 2001's Golden State which peaked at 53. Since then The Sea of Memories (2011) went to 200 and Man on the Run (2014) failed to chart.

The top five albums this week in Britain are Ed Sheeran's Divide followed by Human by Rag'N'Bone Man, X by Ed Sheeran, Gang Sign & Prayer by Stormzy and Semper Femina by Laura Marling.

Elsewhere, the Rolling Stones continue their run at number 1 on the Jazz and Blues Albums with Blue & Lonesome and Alison Krauss is at the top of the Country Artists Albums with Windy City.

The first six songs on the top Singles are Shape of You, Galway Girl, Castle on the Hill, Perfect, New Man and Happier, all by Ed Sheeran; Something Just Like This by Chainsmokers & Coldplay (#7); and Dive, Supermarket Flowers, What Do I Know, How Would You Feel (Paean), Barcelona, Nancy Mulligan, Eraser and Hearts Don't Break Around Here, once again all by Ed Sheeran.

Luckily, Sheeran didn't release any of his individual songs in physical form clearing the way for David Bowie to be at number 1 on the Physical Singles chart with No Plan.

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