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Neil Young's Highest Charting Album in Britain in 22 Years; Sparks Best in 43 Years; Waterboys Best in 24 Years

by VVN Music

Veteran artists have placed three new albums and four LPs in total in the British top ten.

Neil Young is the big winner as Hithchhiker starts at number 6, giving him his highest charting solo album since 1995 when Mirror Ball went to 4.  In total, it's his seventh album to make the top ten in the U.K.

One step down at 7 is Hippopotamus by Sparks, their highest charting set in 43 years. The band was last this high on the British charts with their third album, 1974's Kimono My House, which peaked at 4.  Hippopotamus is also their second highest charting album ever after Kimono and just ahead of Propaganda (1974 / #9).

At 8 is Out of All This Blue by The Waterboys, their best showing since 1993 when Dream Harbor went to number 5. This is the band's fourth top ten after Harbor, Room to Roam (1990 / #5) and The Best of the Waterboys 81-90 (1991 / #2).

Rounding out the quartet in the top ten is Villains by Queens of the Stone Age which drops 5 to 9 in its third week of release.

Tori Amos premiers at 16 with Native Invader, three spots short of her last album, Unrepentant Geraldines (2014 / #13).

Swedish death metal band Arch Enemy open at 37 with Will to Power, their highest charting and only their third trip ever into the British top 100 after Doomsday Machine (2005 / #81) and War Eternal (2014 / #85).

Gregg Allman's final album, Southern Blood, failed to make much of an impact, starting at 79. His last album, 2011's Low Country Blues, went to 48.

Finally, after 24 years and 10 studio albums, Threshold has finally broken into the British top 100 albums at 90 with Legends of the Shires.

The National has the number 1 album this week with Sleep Well Beast followed by Broken Machine by Nothing But Thieves, Divide by Ed Sheeran, Human by Rag'n'Bone Man and last week's chart topper, Freedom Child by The Script.