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Roy Orbison Debuts at Number 2 in Britain, Highest Chart Position Since 1989

by VVN Music

The parade of orchestrally enhanced older recording continues with Roy Orbison and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's A Love So Beautiful debuting at number 2.

The trend, which started two years ago with Elvis Presley's The Wonder of You and two more Elvis albums, has gripped Britain with all of the sets being major hits.  Up next, this week, a new set with Aretha Franklin.

This the highest Orbison has been on the British charts since Mystery Girl also hit number 2 in 1989. Overall, this is his eighth top ten album in the U.K.

The other albums in the top ten by veteran artists are holdovers. Together Again by Michael Ball and Alfie Boe drops 1 to 3, Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1 by the late George Michael goes 4 to 7, As You Were by Liam Gallagher moves 7 to 8 and Scream Above the Sounds by the Stereophonics fell 2 to 10.

Debuting just outside the top 10 at 11 is Ultimate by Bryan Adams, making it his second highest charting hits set.  1993's So Far So Good topped the charts while 1999's The Best of Me peaked at 12.

Welsh singer Aled Jones starts at 17 with One Voice: Believe. It's his eighteenth charting album since 1985 and his sixth to reach the top twenty albums.

Bob Dylan's latest Bootleg Series album, Trouble No More, chronicling his religious period, opens at 21. This edition, Volume 13, is the lowest charting in Britain since Volume 7: No Direction Home: The Soundtrack in 2005 which also went to 21.

In the final spot, number 100, is the debut of The Dusk in Us by Converge. Of their nine albums dating back to 1994, this is the first to make the British Top 100.

As expected, Sam Smith's The Thrill of It All debuted at number 1 followed by Orbison, Ball/Boe, Ed Sheeran's Divide and P!nk's Beautiful Trauma.

On the singles side, Camilla Cabello and Young Thug are again at number 1 with "Havana" followed by "Rockstar" by Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage, "Too Good at Goodbyes" by Sam Smith, "Silence" by Marshmello Featuring Khalid and "Anywhere" by Rita Ora. Veteran artist Sia moves to 7 in support of Zayn on "Dusk Till Dawn".