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U.K. CHARTS: TOM TRIUMPHS
4/30/21

At nearly 81 years old, Sir Tom Jones becomes the oldest male to claim a #1 album on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart, and the oldest artist ever to do so with an album of new material.

Jones’ Surrounded By Time (EMI) overtakes Bob Dylan, who was 79 when Rough And Rowdy Ways (Columbia) debuted at #1 in June. The late Vera Lynn’s greatest hits collection, We’ll Meet Again–The Very Best Of, hit #1 in 2009 when she was 92.

Surrounded By Time is Jones’ fourth #1 album and his first since 1999’s Reload. It is the only new title in the Top 10 this week.

Three reissues debut in the Top 30: The  50th anniversary edition of John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band (Apple Corps.) enters at #11; The Who’s 1966 set The Who Sell Out (Polydor) lands at #15; and Selecter’s 1980 album Too Much Pressure (Chrysalis) is #24 and the week’s best selling album on vinyl.

At Singles, Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” (RCA) logs a fifth consecutive week at #1. Picking up 7.4m streams over the past seven days, the track held off competition from Justin Bieber f/Daniel Caesar & Giveon’s “Peaches” (Def Jam) and “BED” by Joel Corry, Raye & David Guetta (Asylum) who hang on at #2 and #3, respectively.

Tion Wayne & Russ Millions’s “Body” (Atlantic) rises 10 slots to #4 following the release of a mega remix featuring seven additional rappers. Doja Cat f/SZA’sKiss Me More” (Ministry of Sound) climbs three slots to a new peak at #6. “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals is up to #19.

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The kids are almighty. (8/2a)
LEADING OFF:
RON’S BIG RUN
Not your father's Columbia (8/2a)
ON THE COVER
Happier days are here again. (8/2a)
AN AUGUST HITS LIST
Look at the guns on these giants. (8/2a)
GRAMMY CHEW: SEEING BIEBER
It's high time for Justice in the Academy. (8/2a)
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS
From tender shoots to mighty oaks.
MARKETSHARE MANIA
Let's do the numbers.
DELTA VARIANT
It is not the name of a Henry Miller novel.
IS IT TIME FOR ANOTHER ROCK STORY?
Could be. Dunno.
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