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Ed Sheeran and the Beatles Keep Roger Waters Out of the #1 Spot in Britain

by VVN Music

At the mid-point in the British chart week, it looked like Roger Waters would have his first number 1 solo album with Is This the Life We Really Want? but Ed Sheeran and the Beatles surged to pull ahead of him on the final tally.

Waters opened at number 3 this week, still giving him the best charting solo album of his career. It passes 1992's Amused to Death which went to number 8. Life tops the Rock and Metal Albums.

That means, for the second week in a row, the Beatles have the highest charting album by a veteran artist in the U.K. with the deluxe version of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.  It returned to the charts last week at number 1.

The album actually had the most sales in the U.K. last week with Waters in second but streaming of Sheeran's album pushed him past them on the overall Albums chart. Sgt. Pepper also tops the Physical Album and Vinyl Album charts.

Hank Marvin, who has been the lead guitarist of the classic British band the Shadows since 1958, premiers at 9 with Without a Word. Marvin released his first solo album in 1969 and has put out a total of sixteen studio and live albums over the years, but it wasn't until 2002 that he began consistently reaching the top ten with Guitar Player (2002 / #10), Guitar Man (2007 / #6), Hank (2014 / #8) and now Without a Word.

U2's deluxe version of The Joshua Tree hits the charts at number 10. This is the first week that the album has been in the top ten since September 26, 1987 which ended a 28-week run at that level including two weeks at number 1 and five weeks at number 2.

KISS debut at 18 with the new compilation KISSWorld: The Best of KISS. This is the third compilation by the band to make the British charts and, by far, the highest charting. Smashes, Thrashes & Hits went to 62 in 1988 and Greatest Hits peaked at 58 in 1997.

Saint Etienne looked like they were going to make the top twenty with their new album, Home Counties, but, in the end, it debuted at 31. That still is equivalent to their last set, Words and Music by Saint Etienne, which went to 26 in 2012. Their highest charting album was So Tough (1993 / #7).

Ed Sheeran's Divide returns to the number 1 spot this week followed by the Beatles, Roger Waters, Rag'N'Bone Man's Human and Dua Lipa's self-named album.

Louis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Beiber spend a fifth week at number 1 with Despacito followed by One Last Time by Ariana Grande, I'm the One by DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo and Chance the Rapper, Strip That Down by Liam Payne Featuring Quavo and Unforgetable by French Montana Featuring Swae Lee

Despacito is also number 1 on the Audio Streams chart.

On the Rock and Metal Singles, the Foo Fighters debut at number 1 with Run.