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The Late Rick Parfitt of Status Quo Debuts at 4 in the U.K. With Solo Album; Jack White at 5

by VVN Music

Rack Parfitt, the guitarist for Status Quo who died in December of 2016, is the highest debuting and charting veteran artist on the British Albums chart this week with his solo effort Over and Out which opens at number 4.

Parfitt joined a young Status Quo in 1965 and was with them for the rest of his life.  After suffering a heart attack in 2016, he took a hiatus from the band and spent some time recording his only solo album.

Counting his albums with Status Quo, this is the highest that Parfitt has been on the Albums chart since Don't Stop went to number 2 in 1996.

Jack White debuts one spot lower at 5 with his latest, Boarding House Reach. His fourth charting solo album in Britain, it is third in chart position behind 2012's Blunderbuss (#1) and 2014's Lazaretto (#4).

At 33 is the debut of Toni Braxton's latest, Sex & Cigarettes which falls just short of her last solo effort, 2010's Pulse (#28).  In between the two albums, she released Love, Marriage & Divorce with Babyface which only made it to number 75.

The last veteran debut of the week goes to Miles Davis and John Coltrane with The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Volume 6 which premiers at 90. This is Davis' eighth album to chart in the U.K. but Coltrane's first.

George Ezra has done what no other artist could do in the last eleven weeks, unseat The Greatest Showman soundtrack from the top of the Albums chart.  Ezra's Staying at Tamara's is followed by Showman, Ed Sheeran's Divide, Parfitt and White.

On the Singles chart, Jess Glynne sets the record for most number 1's by a female British artist in support of Rudimental on "These Days". She surpasses Cheryl Cole who had five but still has a ways to go to surpass international acts Madonna (13), Rihanna (9) and Kylie Minogue (7).

Rudimental/Glynne/Macklemore are followed by George Ezra with "Paradise", Portugal the Man with "Feel It Still", Marshmello & Anne-Marie with "Friends" and Lil Dicky Featuring Chris Brown with "Freaky Friday".

Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton continue with the highest charting single by a veteran artist at number 12, down from 11, with "Say Something".