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Timberlake Can't Break "Showman" Run in Britain; Simple Minds in at 4, Saxon Best in 34 Years

by VVN Music

Justin Timberlake's Man of the Woods is selling very well in Britain. Just not well enough to knock the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman out of its five week run at the top of the Albums chart.

Man of the Woods debuts at number 2 this week, the same spot his last album, The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2, started. His first three solo albums all went to number 1.

Simple Minds have their highest charting studio album in 23 years with Walk Between Worlds, which debuts at number 4. Seven albums failed to make the U.K. top five after their last trip to that level, 1995's number 2 Good News For the Next World. In all, this is their seventh top five studio album.

Eminem is the third and final veteran artist in the top ten as Revival drops from 5 to 6 in its 8th week of release.

At 29 is Saxon with their new album Thunderbolt, their best chart position in England in 34 years. You have to go back eighteen studio albums to 1984's Crusader, which peaked at 18, to find a higher charting studio set. Saxon's highest charting album ever is Wheels of Steel (1980 / #5 U.K.).

The Greatest Showman and Timberlake are followed by Ed Sheeran's Divide, Simple Minds and Technology by Don Broco.

On the Singles chart, Drake is at number 1 for the third week with "God's Plan" followed by "These Days" by Rudimental, Jess Glynne and Macklemore, "Barking" by Ramz, "IDGAF" by Dua Lipa and "River" by Eminem Featuring Ed Sheeran.