Chart Watch & New Releases: 25 March 2016

Chart Watch

After leading the pack in the midweek chart, James narrowly miss out on a number 1 album as Girl at the End of the World enters at number 2, giving the Mancunians their fourth number 2 album after Gold Mother (1990), Seven (1992) and Millionaires (1999). Meanwhile Iggy Pop, whose previous biggest hit album Lust for Life reached number 27 in 1977, crashes in at number 5 with his new release Post Pop Depression. Primal Scream‘s Chaosmosis débuts at 12, The Wonder Stuff‘s new album 30 Goes Around the Sun enters at 38 and a-ha‘s latest Best Of Time and Again charts at a lowly 75, although you can expect it to rise next week after their high profile Radio 2 concert yesterday.

New Releases

After the physical release of The Pop Kids last week and new album Super next week, Pet Shop Boys have made another new track Happiness available for download. Not to be outdone, New Order release new single Singularity on CD, download or lovely purple vinyl 12″.

Judas Priest release a new live album and DVD Battle Cry. A collection of demos by influential post punk outfit The Monochrome Set, Volume, Contrast, Brilliance… Unreleased & Rare Vol. 2 also comes out today, as does an expanded edition of former Kraftwerk legend Karl Bartos‘s solo début Communication. Numerous multi-disc compilations of 12″ mixes out today, including 12 Inch Dance: 80s Pop, Twelve Inch Eighties: You Spin Me Round and the more club-focused Twelve Inch Eighties: People Hold On. The Go-Go’s release Collectors Editions of their first three albums Beauty and the Beat, Vacation and Talk Show, while Status Quo issue expanded versions of their 1970s albums On The Level, If You Can’t Stand The Heat and Whatever You Want.

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