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Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, Roy Orbison & Elton John All Sit in the British Top Five Albums

by VVN Music

Two holdovers by veteran artists and one new release have placed in the top five on the British Albums chart.

Together Again by Michael Ball and Alfie Boe is at number 3 for a second week after premiering at number 1 and Roy Orbison and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's A Love So Beautiful falls 2 to 4 in its second week.

At 5 is Elton John's brand new hits set, Diamonds, released both as 2-CD and a 3-CD sets. The eighth Elton compilation to chart in Britain, it is the third to make the top ten after Elton John's Greatest Hits went to number 1 in 1974 and Rocket Man: Definitive Hits went to 9 in 2007.

Also debuting in the top ten is Instant Pleasure by Shed Seven, tying their highest charting album.  Pleasure is their first studio album since 2001 and the fifth of their career with 1996's A Maximum High also previously hitting number 8 and 1998's Let It Ride going to 9.

Completing another week where veteran artists hold half of the top ten is George Michael's Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1 which was falls 7 to 10.

Tears For Fears opens at number 12 with their Rule the World: The Greatest Hits. This is only their second hits compilation with Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92) going to number 2 in 1992.

Cliff Richard debuts at 14 with Stronger Thru the Years, the sixteenth compilation of his career. His last, 2015's 75 at 75, peaked at number 4.

The Coors seventh studio album, Jupiter Calling, opens at 15 this week, their lowest charting ever in Britain but by only one spot.  There first four albums hit number 1 or 2 on the charts before 2005's Home only went to 14. Their last album, 2015's White Light, peaked at 11.

Seal's move into the world of the Great American Songbook, Standards, debuts at 17, keeping him in the same general area as his last four studio albums which all peaked in Britain between 11 and 17.

R.E.M.'s Automatic For the People returns to the chart in a deluxe edition at 48. The album is one of eight number 1 albums that R.E.M. have had in the U.K.

Taylor Swift has gotten her third number 1 album in Britain with Reputation which is followed by Sam Smith's The Thrill of It All and Ball/Boe, Orbison and Elton.

On the Singles chart, Camila Cabello Featuring Young Thug is at number 1 for a second week with "Havana" followed by Rita Ora with "Anywhere", Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage with "Rockstar", Sam Smith with "Too Good For Goodbyes" and Marshmello Featuring Khalid with "Silence"