David Bowie "No Plan" EP

Chart Watch and New Releases: 24 February 2017

Little ’80s-related action in this weeks charts, although budget Status Quo compilation Keep ‘Em Coming enters the album chart at 70 and a new 40th anniversary edition of The Damned’s début album Damned Damned Damned arrives at 84. Follow the beautiful tribute to George Michael by his former Wham! colleagues at the Brits on Wednesday, Ladies & Gentlemen climbs 2 to 11 and The Final sneaks up a single place to 34, but the real winner is David Bowie whose climbs 33 places to number 54 after winning Best British Album at this week’s awards.

Meanwhile Bowie’s No Plan EP, released digitally on his 70th birthday back in January, gets a CD release today with a vinyl issue to follow in April. A new version of Roy Orbison’s 1987 all-star concert A Black & White Night is released as a CD/DVD or CD/Blu-ray set, as is Symfonia: Live in Bulgaria 2013, a concert by Asia with the Plovdiv Opera Orchestra. Waaktaar & Zoe, a duo of a-has Pål Waaktaar-Savoy and singer Zoë Gnecco, release their debut album World Of Trouble today. A 4CD box set of Albums & Singles 1982-1989 by Red Lorry Yellow Lorry is also out today (read our review here) along with vinyl box sets of Status Quo’s 1981-1996 albums and all of George Harrison’s solo albums – the LPs, including Somewhere in England (1981), Gone Troppo (1982) and Cloud Nine (1987) are also available separately, but the box set The Vinyl Collection includes exclusive 12″ picture discs of When We Was Fab and Got My Mind Set On You. Finally, if you’re one of the minuscule number of people who don’t own a Madness compilation, Total Madness is out now as a 180g double vinyl set.

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