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Robert Plant and Beck Debut; Liam Gallagher, Foo Fighters and George Michael in British Top 10 Albums

by VVN Music

It's another great week for veteran artists on the British Albums chart with Liam Gallagher's debut solo album, As You Were, dropping only from 1 to 2.  P!nk's latest, Beautiful Trauma, knocked Liam from the top spot.

At number 3 is Carry Fire, Robert Plant's eleventh solo album and the eighth of those to make the British top ten. Plant is currently on a four album run of high debuts with Might ReArranger (2005 / #4), Band of Joy (2010 / #3) and Lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar (2014 / #2). Plus, it would be five albums straight if you throw in Raising Sand (2007 / #2) with Alison Krauss.

Ed Sheeran is at 4 followed by Beck and Colors, giving him his third straight top ten in the U.K. after Modern Guilt (2008 / #9) and Morning Phase (2014 / #4). It is not known if his previous album, 2006's The Information, would have also placed in the top ten as the Official Charts Company deemed it ineligible due to the packaging giving the album an unfair advantage.

Also in the top ten are Foo Fighters' Concrete and Gold, which dropped from 5 to 7, and Ladies and Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael, which returns to the charts at 9.

Squeeze opens at 25 with their fifteenth studio album, The Knowledge. The band has had an erratic chart history, especially in the last twenty years. They hit their low point in 1998 when the album Domino only made 165 in Britain but, seventeen years later, in 2015, they scored the highest charting album of their career when Cradle to the Grave went to 12.

Wu-Tang Clan (now known as just Wu-Tang), have their highest charting album in seventeen years in Britain as The Saga Continues premiers at 42.  The last time they were that high on the Albums chart was 2000 when The W went to 19.

Irish Folk Singer Cara Dillon opens at 89 with Wanderer, only her third album out of seven releases to make the British top 100.  While her own recording career started in 2001, she had recorded in collaborations back to 1994.

On the singles chart, Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage is once again at number 1 with "Rockstar" followed by "Havana" by Camilla Cabello Featuring Young Thug, "Too Good For Goodbyes" by Sam Smith, "Lonely Together" by Avicii Featuring Rita Ora and "Reggaeton Lento (Remix)" by Cnco and Little Mix.