The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" is the Number 1 Album in Britain; Charlatans in at 4

by VVN Music

The Beatles' new expanded edition of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the number 1 album in Britain, 49 years and 4 months since its last week at the top.

Sgt. Pepper last was number 1 in the U.K. the week of February 3, 1968 and has a total of 79 different chart runs for a total of 255 weeks in the top 100. In total, it has been number one for 28 weeks and had 46 weeks in the top 10. The album came out fifty years ago yesterday (June 1) in Britain and 50 years ago today (June 2) in the U.S.

The Beatles are also at number 1 on the Sales, Physical Sales, Vinyl Albums and Record Store charts.

The band the Charlatans debut at number 2 with their thirteenth studio album, Different Days, giving them their best chart position since 2001 when Wonderland went to number 2. Their career has been on the upswing since 2008 when You Cross My Path only went to 39, the lowest any of their albums charted. Since then, they've released Who We Touch (2010 / #21), Modern Nature (2015 / #7) and, now, Different Days.

Engelbert Humperdinck stays in the top ten for a second week with 50, dropping from 5 to 10.

Elkie Brooks debuts at 14 with Pearls: The Very Best of Elkie Brooks, giving her the highest charting album of any type when the studio album No More the Fool went to 5 and the compilation The Very Best of Elkie Brooks peaked at 10.

At 24 is the new Kraftwerk live album 3-D the Catalogue. It's only the second live album of their career and just edges out 2005's Minimum-Maximum which went to 29.

Shakira premiers at 54 with El Dorado, a considerable drop from her last studio album, 2014's Shakira which peaked at 14. The singer has a rather spotty history on the U.K. charts with her 2010 album Sale el Soul not charting while 2001's Laundry Service peaked at 2.

On the Albums chart, the Beatles are followed by Ed Sheeran's Divide, Rag'N'Bone Man's Human, the Charlatans and Harry Style's debut album.

Over on the Jazz & Blues Albums, the Rolling Stones return to the top after being knocked out last week by Diana Krall.

On the Singles chart, Despacito (Remix) by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber has become the longest running foreign language chart topper in British chart history as it hits its fourth week. Despacito breaks the record that has been held for for forty years by the Manhattan Transfer with Chanson D'Amour.

The single is also number 1 on the Audio Streaming, Sales and Downloads charts.

Despacito is followed by DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo and Chance the Rapper with I'm the One, Liam Paine Featuring Quavo with Strip That Down, Captain Ska with Liar Liar and Shawn Mendes with There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back.

The Charlatans are at the top of the Physical and Viny singles charts with Plastic Machinery

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