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Foo Fighters Top British Albums For Fourth Time; Gary Numan at 2 For Best in 37 Years

by VVN Music

The Foo Fighters have scored their fourth number 1 album in Britain with Concrete and Gold.

Their ninth album, Concrete and Gold joins One by One (2002), Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007) and Wasting Light (2011) as chart toppers. In Your Honor (2005) and Sonic Highways (2014) both peaked at 2 while Foo Fighters (1995) and The Colour and the Shape (1997) both went to number 3. Only There is Nothing Left to Lose (1999), failed to make the the top trio, peaking at number 10.

One step lower at 2 is Gary Numan's Savage (Stories From a Broken World), his highest charting album in 37 years.

Numan had a trio of number 1's in 1979 and 1980 with Replicas, The Pleasure Principle and Telekon. He released nineteen studio albums between Telekon and Savage with only two reaching the U.K. top ten.

At 6 is the debut full studio album by Prophets of Rage. With veteran members from Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, the hybrid band was ready made for success.

Scottish hard rockers Gun get their highest charting album in 23 years with Favourite Pleasures which debuts at 16.  They've reached the British top twenty twice before, with Gallus (1992 / #14) and Swagger (1994 / #5).

Yusuf / Cat Stevens opens at 23 with The Laughing Apple falling one spot short of his last album, Tell 'Em I'm Gone (2014 / #22). It his sixteenth album to chart in Britain with the biggest being Teaser and the Firecat (1971), Catch Bull at Four (1972) and Greatest Hits (1975), all of which went to number 2.

Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour set premiers at 42. Her fifth live album (all since 2006), it is the fourth lowest charting after The Confessions Tour (2007 / #7), Stick & Sweet Tour (2010 / #17) and I'm Going to Tell You a Secret (2006 / #18).

Finally, The Doors' compilation The Singles starts at 77.

Following the Foo Fighters and Numan on the Albums chart is Ed Sheeran's Divide, Scripts' Freedom Child and Rag'n'Bone Man's Human.

Sam Smith is at the top of the Singles chart for the second week with Too Good at Goodbyes followed by Dua Lipa's New Rules, Pink's What About Us, Taylor Swift's Look What You Made Me Do and Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage with Rockstar.