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Alice Cooper's "Paranormal" at Number 3 in Britain Mid-Week; Pet Shop Boys at 10-11-12

by VVN Music

There's another potential very big week for veteran artists on the British Albums chart.

At mid-week, it looks like nothing is going to stop either the new Arcade Fire album, Everything Now, and Ed Sheeran's Divide from taking the top two positions but veteran artists are sitting in nine of the next eleven spots.

Alice Cooper sits at number 3 with Paranormal, his 27th studio album.  If that position holds, it will be Cooper's highest charting album in Britain since 1989's Trash went to number 2.

Last week's top veteran album, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott's Crooked Calypso, is at 6 followed by Linkin Park at 7 and 9 with Hybrid Theory and One More Light and John Denver's The Ultimate Collection at 8.

Then comes three brand new entries from the Pet Shop Boys, each an expanded version of albums from between 1999 and 2006.  Nightlife: Further Listening 1996-2000 is at number 10, Release: Further Listening 2001-2004 at 11 and Fundamental: Further Listening 2005-2007 at 12.

Finally, number 13 mid-week is Glen Campbell's Adios which leaps back up the chart in its eighth week of release.

It doesn't stop there for the week, either.  The Fall sit at 15 midweek with New Facts Emerge. That has the potential to be the band's biggest hit since 1993's The Infotainment Strain.

Also debuting, Bill Wither's The Ultimate Collection (#21), Elvis Presley's A Boy From Tupelo (#32), Super Furry Animals' Radiator (#37), James' Justhipper: The Complete Sire & Blanco Singles (#50), the Isley Brothers and Santana's Power of Peace (#55) and four Iron Maiden reissues.

Final positions will be out on Friday.