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For the Second Year in a Row, Michael Ball & Alfie Boe Have Top Selling Album by a Veteran Artist in Britain

by VVN Music

Who knew that the combining of two veteran musical theater actors would create such consistent big sales?

For the second year in a row, Michael Ball (The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love) and Alfie Boe (Les Miserables, La Boheme) have the biggest selling album of the year in Britain by a veteran artist.

In 2016, their Together was the third biggest album of the year in the U.K. behind Adele's 25 and Coldplay's A Head Full of Dreams and the biggest overall that was actually released in that year. For 2017, their followup, Together Again, is the number 7 album of the year.

That's just one of the surprises on the year end list.  A deluxe version of a 27-year-old record by George Michael, Listen Without Prejudice: Vol. 1, sold in numbers big enough to make it the number 17 album of the year.  Michael also placed two other albums in the top forty with sales fueled by his death just before the beginning of the year.

The late, great Roy Orbison came in at number 11 with his album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, A Love So Beautiful while Elvis Presley's third set with that organization, Elvis Christmas, also made the list.

Then there were the rumors that Oasis brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher may have finally put their feud behind them with both scoring big albums, Liam's As You Were (#9) and Noel's Who Built the Moon (#19).

Based on combined sales and streaming, Ed Sheeran had the biggest album in England of 2017 with Divide followed by Rag'N'Bone Man's Human, Sam Smith's The Thrill of It All, Little Mix's Glory Days and P!nk's Beautiful Trauma.

Veteran artists in the top 40:
  • 07. Together Again - Michael Ball & Alfie Boe
  • 09. As You Were - Liam Gallagher
  • 11. A Love So Beautiful - Roy Orbison & the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 13. Wonderland - Take That
  • 17. Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1 - George Michael
  • 19. Who Built the Moon - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
  • 20. Revival - Eminem
  • 24. Christmas - Michael Buble
  • 28. Twenty Five - George Michael
  • 29. Diamonds - Elton John
  • 30. Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michaels - George Michaels
  • 31. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles
  • 32. Concrete and Gold - Foo Fighters
  • 34. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem
  • 35. Time Flies: 1994-2002 - Oasis
  • 37. Christmas With Elvis & the RPO - Elvis Presley & the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 38. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers
Daddy Yankee's collaboration with Luis Fonsi and Justin Bieber, "Despacito", was the second biggest single of the year in the U.K. on a list that saw Ed Sheeran take four of the top six (numbers 1 (Shape of You), 3 (Castle on the Hill), 5 (Galway Girl) and 6 (Perfect).