Steps, Texas, Imelda May Debut in the British Top Ten

by VVN Music

The 1990's British dance-pop band Steps has reunited after a five year hiatus and have the number 2 album in the U.K. this week with Tears on the Dancefloor.

This is Steps fifth studio album and ties their 1998 debut, Step One (they had one single in 1997) for the second highest charting album of their career. 1999's Steptacular went to number 1.

There has only been one single from the new album, Scared of the Dark, which peaked at number 37 and is 44 this week.

Tears on the Dancefloor was not able to unseat Ed Sheeran from number 1 on the overall Albums chart, but they are at the top of the Album Downloads, Album Sales and Independent Albums charts.

The Scottish pop-rock band Texas also open in the top ten with Jump on Board at number 6. That gives the group their sixth top ten album out of nine studio releases and comes up just two spots short of their last album, The Conversation (2013 / #4). Texas hit number 1 twice with White on Blonde (1997) and The Hush (1999).

One spot higher at number 5 is the debut of Life Love Flesh Blood by Imelda May who, although not a veteran artist (her first album came out in 2003), she is one of those rare artists that understands and recreates the classic sounds of the past. Imelda had been influenced into Rockabilly by her former husband and guitar player Darrel Higham but has gone more in a classic R&B sound with the latest release.

Ray Davies comes in at 15 with the premier of his latest, Americana. His fifth purely solo album, it surpasses his previous solo best, 2006's Other People's Lives, which went to 36. His collaborative album, See My Friends (2010), did chart higher, going to number 12.

At 20 is the Record Store Day release Cracked Actor (Live in Los Angeles 74) by David Bowie an impressive start for a limited edition release. Another limited release from the day, Bowpromo, starts at 38. The two albums also go 1-2 on the Vinyl Albums chart.

Bowie also is at number 1 on the Physical and Vinyl Singles charts with No Plan.

Barry Manilow has fallen right into his regular British chart territory as This is My Town: Songs of New York debuts at 26. His last six studio albums, dating back to 2007, have all peaked between 20 and 28.

Incubus opens at 35 with their album 8, a bit of a drop from 2011's If Not Now, When? which went to 20. Their biggest album in the U.K. was A Crow Left of the Murder... (2004 / #6) followed by Morning View (2001 / #15).

At 47 is the premier of Be Myself from Sheryl Crow which now becomes her lowest charting studio album in the U.K. All nine of her releases have charted with four hitting the top ten but, before this week, her worst showing was 100 Miles From Memphis (2010 / #34).

The Liverpool based band Cast, who released their first album, All Change, in 1995, start at 49 with Kicking Up the Dust. This is their best showing since 1999's Magic Hour which was their third straight top ten. Since then, their 2008 album Beetroot peaked at 79 and 2012's Troubled Times failed to chart.

The last of the debuts from veteran artists in a very good week goes to the Sex Pistols with the new compilation God Save which opens at 97.

Ed Sheeran has the number 1 album for the eighth week in Britain followed by The Steps, Human by Rag'n'Bone Man, Damn. by Kendrick Lamar and Imelda May.

In a bit of deja vu, Guardians of the Galaxy, Awesome Mix is once again number 1 on the British Soundtrack Albums chart but, this time, it is for the newly released Vol. 2. Also, the Rolling Stones top the Jazz & Blues chart for the 21st week with Blue & Lonesome.

On the singles chart, Ed Sheeran has finally been knocked out of number 1 after fifteen weeks by Symphony by Clean Bandit Featuring Zara Larsson. Sheeran sits at 2 and 3 with Shape of You and Galway Girl followed by Sign of the Times by Harry Styles and Passionfruit by Drake.

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