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Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott Debut at Number 2 in England; Linkin Park Put Three in Top Ten, Nine in Top 100

by VVN Music

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, who began playing together in The Beautiful South (Heaton was previously in the Housemartins), have carved out a strong career for themselves as a duo.

This week, their third album, Crooked Calypso, becomes their highest charting and that wasn't easy considering all three of their albums have gone top four.  Their 2014 debut, What Have We Become, went to number 3 and the 2015 followup, Wisdom, Laughter and Lines peaked at 4 but, this week, Crooked Calypso premiers at 2.  Heaton and Abbott had previously been to number 1 on the Albums chart as a member of The Beautiful South with the albums Blue is the Colour (1996) and Quench (1998) and number two with Painting It Red (2000).

Heaton and Abbott do hold the number 1 position on the Album Sales, Physical Albums and Vinyl Albums charts.

The death of Chester Bennington has pushed much of Linkin Park's catalog back on the charts including three albums in this week's top ten. Hybrid Theory (2000) reenters at number 4 while One More Light (2017) is at 5 and Meteora (2003) at 7. Further down the chart, Minutes to Midnight (2007) comes back at 15, A Thousand Stars (2010) at 38, Living Things (2012) at 49, Collision Course with Jay-Z (2004) at 70, Reanimation (2002) at 71 and The Hunting Party (2014) at 91.

Linkin Park also dominates the Rock & Metal Albums where Hybrid Theory, Meteora and Minutes to Midnight go 1-2-3 and Living Things is at number 6.

The band has also totally taken over the Rock & Metal Singles taking the entire top fifteen positions and eighteen of the top twenty. Numb sits at number 1 followed by What I've Done, Crawling, One Step Closer and Faint.

Also in the top ten for the second week is John Denver's The Ultimate Collection at 8 (down from 5).

Two other veteran artists debut on the Albums chart this week, but in the lower reaches. Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley starts at 94 with Stony Hill. It's only his second album to chart in the U.K. after 2005's Welcome to Jamrock hit 34.

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd band holds the anchor position at 100 with Lay It On Down. It's their third charting album in Britain. Lay It Down does sit at number 1 on the Jazz & Blues Albums chart.

Lana Del Rey gets her third British number 1 this week with Lust For Life. That's followed by Heaton & Abbott, Ed Sheeran's Divide, and the two Linkin Park Albums.

Glen Campbell remains at number 1 for the seventh week on both the Americana and Country Artists charts with Adios

On the Singles chart, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber return to number 1 for the tenth non-consecutive week with Despacito.  They're followed by DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller's Wild Thoughts, French Montana and Swae Lee's Unforgettable, Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean's Feels and Jonas Blue and William Singe's Mama.

Despacito also is at the top of the Streaming, Single Sales and Downloads charts while Liam Gallagher's Wall of Glass is at number 1 again on the Vinyl Singles.