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Judas Priest Have Highest Charting Album in U.K. in 38 Years; UB40 Still Biggest Veteran Seller

by VVN Music

The last time that Judas Priest was this high on the British Albums chart was the week of April 19, 1980 when British Steel debuted at number 4.

This week, their new album Firepower debuts at number 5 proving that the band is, truly, timeless.  It's only their second album that has made the top ten and only the second week in their career that they've been in the top five.  Only one other, Unleashed in the East (1979 / #10 U.K.) had ever made the top ten.

Still, it didn't make the band the top selling veteran act for the week.  UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey drop only from 2 to 3 with their album A Real Labour of Love.

A third veteran, the late-Jimi Hendrix, premiers at 8 with Both Sides of Sky, the highest Hendrix has been on the British charts since 1990's Cornerstones: 1967-1970 went to 5. It's his 13th album to make the top ten in England.

Myles Kennedy, whose resume includes time with Alter Bridge and Slash, puts his debut solo album, Year of the Tiger, at number 12, equal to Slash's 2012 album Apocalyptic Love and just short of the guitarist and Kennedy's debut, World on Fire (2014 / #7 U.K.).

At 16 is the new album from David Byrne, American Utopia, which is easily his solo best.  Byrne had previously gone to 26 with 1992's Uh-Oh while he had gone to the top ten four times with Talking Heads.

Erasure's new album, World Beyond, is only a reworking of their 2017 set, World Be Gone, with a classical bent so it's no surprise that it did not do as well as the original.  World Be Gone debuts this week at 47 while World Begone went to 6 last year.

Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish open at 62 with Decades, their seventh album compiling previous music from their career. It is the first retrospective to chart in Britain and only their fourth album overall to make the top 100.

The soundtrack to The Greatest Showman is approaching a record as it hits ten straight weeks at number 1. Only Adele's 21 spent more consecutive weeks at the top, eleven, in the last thirty years.

Following Showman is Ed Sheeran's Divide, which has now been out 54 weeks with 51 of those in the top five, UB40, Calum Scott's Only Human and Judas Priest.

On the Singles chart, Drake hits eight straight weeks at number 1 with "God's Plan" followed by "These Days" by Rudimental, Jess Glynne and Macklemore, "Feel It Still" by Portugal the Man, "Friends" by Marshmello and Anne-Marie, and "IDGAF" by Dua Lipa.

Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton stick at number 9 with "Say Something".