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Glen Campbell Debuts at number 3 in Britain, Buckingham/McVie and Chuck Berry Also in Top Ten

by VVN Music

It continues to be a VERY good year for veteran artists in Britain.

This week brings three debuts from veterans in the top ten along with a third week for the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper which moves 2 to 7.

The top veteran debut is a bit of a surprise with Glen Campbell's final album, Adios, starting at number 3. While popular in the U.K., he has never had a studio album even crack the top ten and only one, The Glen Campbell Album (1970 / #16), break into the top twenty.

Two hits albums did previously do well for Campbell with Greatest Hits going to 8 in 1971 and 20 Golden Greats going to the top in 1976, but even his last two releases (Ghost on the Canvas (2011 / #27) and See You There (2013 / #35)) didn't show the strength that Adios has.

Adios also tops the Country Artists Albums.

Even more amazing is that Campbell outsold the debut of the new album by Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie.  Essentially a Fleetwood Mac album without Stevie Nicks, the new set debuts at number 5.  Looking at it a different way, the chart position is the highest for a "Fleetwood Mac album" since 1990's Behind the Mask went to number 1.

At number 9 is the premier of Chuck, the posthumous album by Chuck Berry and his first studio album since 1979. Like Campbell, Berry had never been an albums artist in the U.K. with only five hits collections charting between 1963 and 1977 along with an early 60's EP (Chuck Berry / 1963 / #12). That his final album is his first full length original set to chart, and to make it to 9, shows the long lasting popularity of his music.

Anathema open at 34 with The Optimist, falling just one spot short of their all-time highest charting album, Distant Satellites (2014 / #33). This is their eleventh studio album and their third to make the top 100.

Rancid's new album, Trouble Maker, only makes it to 57 in its first week. That is their lowest placing in 17 years going back to Rancid (2000 / #68).

London Grammar is at number 1 on the Albums chart with Truth is a Beautiful Thing followed by Ed Sheeran's Divide, Campbell, Rag'N'Bone Man's Human and Buckingham/McVie.

On the Dance Albums, the various artists hit collection Glitterbox: A Disco Hi is at number 1 while Roger Waters remains at number 1 on the Rock & Metal Albums. Hank Marvin of the Shadows is at the top of the Independent Albums chart and the Magpie Salute is at 1 on the Jazz & Blues Albums.

On the Singles chart, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Beiber spend their sixth week at number 1 with Despacito followed by Ariana Grande's One Last Time, French Montana Featuring Swae Lee with Unforgetable, Liam Payne Featuring Quavo with Strip That Down and David Guetta Featuring Justin Bieber and 2U.

Despacito is also number 1 on Streaming, Sales and Downloads charts.

The Foo Fighters are number 1 for a second week on the Rock & Metal Singles with Run.