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Michael Ball & Alfie Boe Stay at Number 3 in Britain; Morrissey Debuts at 5; Jose Feliciano's Best in 49 Years

by VVN Music

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are spending their third week at number 3 after debuting at the top of the British Albums chart with Together Again.

The duo came out with their first album, Together, last November and spent ten weeks in the top ten including two at number 1.  That was enough for them to have the top selling album of 2016 that was actually released in that year in the U.K.

Morrissey opens at 5 with Low in High School, giving him 11-for-11 on solo studio albums making the top ten; however, the position is the lowest for one of his albums in 20 years going back to 1997's Maladjusted which peaked at 8.

Roy Orbison spends a third week in the top ten with A Love So Beautiful, moving 4 to 7 while Elton John is in his second with Diamonds dropping 5 to 10.

Jeff Lynne's ELO debuts at number 9 with the live album Wembley or Bust. This is the band's seventh live album and the first that has made the British top 100. Their last studio album, Alone in the Universe, went to number 4 in late 2015.

Another live album, Iron Maiden's The Book of Souls: Live Chapter, starts at number 17, continuing a long line of concert sets that have done well for them in Britain:
  • Live After Death (1985 / #2)
  • A Real Live One (1993 / #3)
  • A Real Dead One (1993 / #13)
  • Live at Donington (1993 / #23)
  • Rock in Rio (2002 / #15)
  • Death on the Road (2005 / #22)
  • Flight 666 (2009 / #15)
  • En Vivo! (2012 / #19)
  • Maiden England '88 (2013 / #30)
  • The Book of Souls: Live Chapter (2017 / #17)
Green Day premiers at 22 with Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band. Their fifth compilation of hits and/or rarities, it is the second highest charting in Britain after 2001's International Superhits! which went to 15. 

One step lower at 23 is the debut of Full House: The Very Best of Madness, their fourteenth collection of music. Two of those sets, 1982's Complete Madness and 1992's Divine Madness, went to the top of the charts. 

At 24 is Jools Holland and Jose Feliciano with As You See Me Now. While this is Holland's tenth top 40 album since 1996, it is the highest Feliciano has been on the British Albums chart in 49 years going back to his album Feliciano (1968 / #6). It is also the first album at any position on the charts for Feliciano since 1970. 

Phil Collins premiers at 26 with the box set of his re-released albums, Take a Look at Me Now: Complete while Sia opens at 39 with Everyday is Christmas.

Surprisingly, with ELO and Iron Maiden doing so well with their live albums, the set of the final Black Sabbath show, The End, only made it to 68 in its first week. This is the band's seventh live album but only two others (Live Evil (1992 / #13), Reunion (1998 / #41)) made the charts. 

At 80 is the new album from Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, The Rest of Our Life. That's McGraw's third best showing in the U.K. after Two Lanes of Freedom (2013 / #43) and Sundown Heaven Town (2014 / #72). The same goes for Hill, but her other two charting albums did better, Breathe (1999 / #19) and Cry (2002 / #29). 

Finally, at 89 is the premier of Rest by Charlotte Gainsbourg. This is the third album that she has placed in the British top 100 after 5:55 (2006 / #78) and IRM (2009 / #62). 

Paloma Faith leads the album chart with The Architect followed by Sam Smith's The Thrill of It All, Ball & Boe, Our Generation by Tokio Myers and Morrissey.

Camilla Cabello Featuring Young Thug tops the Singles chart with Havana followed by Anywhere by Rita Ora, Silence by Marshmello Featuring Khalid, Perfect by Ed Sheeran and Too Good at Goodbyes by Sam Smith.