ELO score first No.1 album in 35 years: “I’m totally amazed!”
It's been a long time coming, but ELO's All Over The World – The Very Best Of has hit Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart for the very first time, over a decade after its original release.
The hits retrospective, which recently passed the million-sales mark after Jeff Lynne's ELO’s Legends tea-time performance at Glastonbury, was first released in summer 2005, peaking at Number 6.
Today All Over The World leaps from 7 to Number 1 on the chart, marking ELO's first chart-topping album in 35 years. They previously reached the summit with 1979’s Discovery and Time in 1981. Click here to look back and their full Official UK Chart history.
Jeff Lynne told OfficialCharts.com: "Thirty five years between Number 1 albums! I'm totally amazed. Thanks to everyone that made it possible."
2016 has been a huge year for ELO. As well as their Glasto slot and a Number 1 album, the band have a sold-out worldwide arena tour and will put their biggest show to date at Wembley Stadium on June 24 2017.
Meanwhile, Christine & The Queens hit a new peak with Chaleur Humaine, climbing 3 to 2, Drake’s Views is at 3, Adele’s 25 slips 2 to 4, and Coldplay’s A Head Full Of Dreams completes the Top 5.
British rockers Bear’s Den land their first Top 40 album this week with their second LP Red Earth & Pouring Rain, this week’s highest new entry at Number 6.
Band member Kev Jones told OfficialCharts.com of the result: “We’re overwhelmed by how Red Earth & Pouring Rain has been received this week. We can’t wait to tour the album in the autumn.”
Following his BBC Radio 2 In Concert series at Maida Vale Studios, where he wowed UK fans in the studio and at home with his unique blend of jazz, blues, soul and gospel, Gregory Porter’s two most recent albums both make big chart gains, landing inside the Top 20. Latest release Take Me To The Alley is up 9 to Number 11, while 2013's Liquid Spirit leaps 11 slots to 18.
Porter stated: "I'm very grateful for the success of Take Me To The Alley. The chart position it's reached around the world is very exciting, and to potentially have two albums in the album chart at the same time shows how much the UK accept and support my music. The jazz genre is definitely having a moment right now, artists such as myself and Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Robert Glasper and José James, they are all connecting with a wider range of fans than ever before. This new wave of jazz artists are pushing the boundaries of people's understanding of jazz, making it more accessible for younger fans and bringing it to the attention of new audiences across the globe."
Abba's greatest hits collection Gold rises seven places to 23, while Taylor Swift’s 1989 continues to climb back up the chart, up ten places to 27, and Bastille’s Bad Blood rebounds 12 places to 36. Finally, British electronic duo HONNE score their first Top 40 with their debut full-length album Warm On A Cold Night, landing at 37.
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