Take That Break Their Two Decade Number 1 Run as "Wonderland" Starts at 2

by VVN Music

The Ed Sheeran juggernaut has been able to hold Take That out of the number 1 spot this week on the British Albums chart as Wonderland opens at number 2.

If the album does not make it to number 1 in future weeks, it will be only the second time in the 25 year career of the band that an original studio album didn't make it to the top.  Their debut album, Take That & Party, peaked at number 2 in 1992. Since then, six straight albums (Everything Changes (1993), Nobody Else (1995), Beautiful World (2006), The Circus (2008) and Progress (2010)) have gone to number 1.

100-year-old Vera Lynn spends a second week in the top ten with the appropriately titled collection, 100 while Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are resurging with their album Together, which moves from 18 to 14 in its 21st week of release. The album was the biggest selling album of last year in Britain that was actually released in 2016.

The Jesus and Mary Chain premier at 16 with Damage and Joy, their first album since 1998 and the highest they have charted since 1994. The album Darklands (1987 / #5 U.K.) is their highest charting in the U.K.

Damage and Joy is also at the top of the Independent Albums chart.

Steve Hackett debuts at 28 with his latest, The Night Siren, placing three spots higher than his last album, Wolflight (2015 / #31). Hackett's albums have settled into a regular place on the British charts, starting in the twenties or high thirties after almost thirty years of failing to make the top 100.

The new, deluxe version of Paul McCartney's Flowers in the Dirt opens at 41, a far cry from the top of the chart performance when it was originally released in 1989. McCartney's deluxe reissue program peaked with the 2010 release of Band on the Run which peaked at 17. Since then, the majority of the deluxe releases have gone to the 40's or 50's.

At 56 is the Ian Anderson string quartet version of Jethro Tull songs, The String Quartets, rounding out the new releases by veteran artists that charted in the U.K. this week.

Ed Sheeran leads the Albums chart for the fourth week with Divide followed by Take That, More Life by Drake, Human by Rag'N'Bone Man and Vera Lynn.

Over on the Jazz & Blues Albums, the Rolling Stones spend their 17th week at number 1 with Blue & Lonesome and Alison Krauss once again tops the Country Artists tally with Windy City.

Sheeran's Shape of You leads the Singles chart for the twelfth straight week followed by his Galway Girl, Drake's Passionfruit, Clean Bandit Featuring Zara Larsson with Symphony and Sheeran's Castle on the Hill.

Blondies' Long Time jumps from 18 to 1 on the Physical Singles and 9 to 1 on the Vinyl Singles while Guns N' Roses' Sweet Child O' Mine finally unseats the Red Hot Chili Pepper's Can't Stop from the top of the Rock & Metal Singles.

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