Rick Astley

Chart Watch and New Releases: 17 June 2016

The ’80s revival continues on the album chart as Rick Astley scores his first number 1 album since his 1987 début Whenever You Need Somebody. After a closely fought tussle, Rick’s comeback set 50 finished less than 4,000 sales ahead of Tom Odell’s Wrong Crowd but that was enough to give Astley his second number 1 album a mere 29 years after his first. Further down, Paul McCartney’s Pure McCartney enters at number 3 and Motörhead’s Clean Your Clock débuts at 36. Over on the singles chart, the Stone Roses‘ extra four hours of sales didn’t really do them any good as Beautiful Thing enters at 21, two places lower than previous single One For All.

After a busy period with a number of high profile releases, things are a bit calmer this week. Red Hot Chili Peppers return with new album The Getaway (their Greatest Hits re-enters the chart at 19 in anticipation). Level 42 document their Sirens Tour with a 2CD/1DVD set. Matt Bianco‘s 1984 début Whose Side Are You On? is expanded with remixes and demo tracks, while Grace Jones‘ 1980 album Warm Leatherette gets a variety of deluxe editions including a vinyl box set and even a Blu-ray audio version. Finally, completely devoid of any bonus tracks, Heaven 17‘s 5 Classic Albums set collects their ’80s album Penthouse and Pavement, The Luxury Gap, How Men Are, Pleasure One and Teddy Bear, Duke and Psycho.

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