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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) Debut at 4 in the U.K., Highest in 26 Years

by VVN Music

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, now know as just OMD, have gotten their sixth top ten studio album in the U.K. and their first in 26 years.

The Punishment of Luxury debuts this week at number 4, giving them their best chart position since Sugar Tax hit number 3 in 1991.  The band's biggest albums:
  • Architecture & Morality (1981 / #3)
  • Sugar Tax (1991 / #3)
  • The Punishment of Luxury (2017 / #4)
  • Dazzle Ships (1983 / #5)
  • Organisation (1980 / #6)
  • Junk Culture (1984 / #9)

Also debuting this week is the Scottish band Mogwai whose Every Country's Son becomes their highest charting album at number 6. Their last album, Rave Tapes (2014) was their previous best at number 10.

Two other veteran artists stay in the top ten. The Queens of the Stone Age album Villains goes 5 to 1 while Elvis Presley goes 6 to 10 with The 50 Greatest Hits.

Motorhead opens at 19 with the compilation of cover songs the band did over the years, Under Cover. It's their biggest compilation since 1984's No Remorse went to 14.

Veteran rocker Steve Winwood premiers at 34 with Greatest Hits Live, the biggest live album of his career, surpassing Live From Madison Garden (with Eric Clapton) (2009 / #40).

The gothic metal band Paradise Lost comes in at 56 with their new album Medusa. Their last album, The Plague Within, peaked at 51 while 1997's One Second is their highest charting ever at 31.

Blues master Walter Trout debuts at 62 with We're All In This Together. It is his fifth charting album in Britain since 1994. His last, Battle Scars, recorded just after his life saving liver surgery, went to 54.

At 76 is the T.Rex album Remixes while long-time British folksinger Martin Simpson opens at 80 with Trials and Tribulations, only the second of his albums to make the top 100.

The Script debut at number 1 with Freedom Child followed by Ed Sheeran's Divide, LCD Soundsystem's American Dream, OMD and Queens of the Stone Age.

On the Singles side, Taylor Swift remains at number 1 with Look What You Made Me Do followed by Dua Lipa and New Rules, P!nk and What About Us, Justin Bieber and Bloodpop with Friends and J. Balvin and Willy William with Mi Gente.