UK Top 10 Albums

UK Top 10 Albums: 1-14-22 – 1-20-22

By Iman Lababedi | January 15, 2022

a pop LP that isn’t popular is a question mark…

UK Top 10 Albums: 1-7-22 – 1-13-22

By Iman Lababedi | January 8, 2022

two of Sheeran’s last three albums

UK Top 10 Albums: 12-31-21 – 1-05-21

By Iman Lababedi | January 2, 2022

both a surprise and inevitable

UK Top 10 Albums: 12-24-21 – 12-30-21

By Iman Lababedi | December 26, 2021

I could have been listening to Adele…

UK Top 10 Albums: 12-17-21 – 12-23-21

By Iman Lababedi | December 18, 2021

Adele still on top -which means she will be there for the next four weeks

UK Top 10 Albums: 12-10-21 – 12-16-21

By Iman Lababedi | December 12, 2021

music for adults who remain with zero taste

UK Top 10 Albums: 12-3-21 – 12-9-21

By Iman Lababedi | December 5, 2021

An abysmal top ten as we reach for the end of the year

UK Top 10 Albums: 11-26-21 – 12-2-21

By Iman Lababedi | November 27, 2021

a good (not great) album with maybe two top notch tracks

UK Top 10 Albums: 11-19-21 – 11-25-21

By Iman Lababedi | November 20, 2021

Taylor will be gone next week when Adele takes her place

UK Top 10 Albums: 11-12-21 – 11-18-21

By Iman Lababedi | November 13, 2021

Sheeran toppled from # 1 in ABBA’s palace coup

UK Top 10 Albums: 11-5-21 – 11-11-21

By Iman Lababedi | November 7, 2021

Ed at his most melodic

UK Top 10 Albums: 10-29-21 – 11-4-21

By Iman Lababedi | October 30, 2021

a toxic match of arrogance and artistic pretension

UK Top 10 Albums: 10-22-21 – 10-28-21

By Iman Lababedi | October 23, 2021

craptacular

UK Top 10 Albums: 10-15-21 – 10-21-21

By Iman Lababedi | October 17, 2021

except for the title track the songs are on vacation

UK Top 10 Albums: 10-8-21 – 10-14-21

By Iman Lababedi | October 9, 2021

the wittily named greatest hits package has “Breakeven” and NOTHING ELSE…

UK Top 10 Albums: 10-1-21 – 10-7-21

By Iman Lababedi | October 3, 2021

don’t travel well

UK Top 10 Albums: 9-24-21 – 9-30-21

By Iman Lababedi | September 26, 2021

Drake beating out Lil Nas X

UK Top 10 Albums: 9-17-21 – 9-23-21

By Iman Lababedi | September 19, 2021

across the pond they are rock and roll superstars

UK Top 10 Albums: 9-10-21 – 9-16-21

By Iman Lababedi | September 11, 2021

If Drake and Kanye thought it through they’d do a stadium tour together,

UK Top 10 Albums: 9-3-21 – 9-9-21

By Iman Lababedi | September 4, 2021

next week Drake will have the top spot

UK Top 10 Albums: 8-27-21 – 9-2-21

By Iman Lababedi | August 28, 2021

Is Olivia gonna spend all year here???.

UK Top 10 Albums: 8-20-21 – 8-26-21

By Iman Lababedi | August 21, 2021

The Killers exist so Bruce Springsteen can point at them and say,”hey, even at 70 years of age at least I’m not them”.

UK Top 10 Albums: 8-13-21 – 8-19-21

By Iman Lababedi | August 14, 2021

he ain’t Stormzy

UK Top 10 Albums: 8-6-21 – 8-12-21

By Iman Lababedi | August 7, 2021

the zeitgeist no longer in her back pocket

UK Top 10 Albums 6-28-15

By Iman Lababedi | June 21, 2015

Fleetwood Mac just closed the Isle Of Wight Festival, which explains what this is doing here, and Simon played with Sting in London a coupla weeks ago. I guess something happened in the UK to bring the estimable Mr.Miller back on the charts. Before his life was tragically cut short on a plane ride to entertain the troops during WWII back in 1944. Pardon me boys if you know this, but Miller got his distinctive sound by moving a saxophonist move to clarinter and playing the saxophones part.

UK TOP 10 ALBUMS 6-21-15

By Iman Lababedi | June 14, 2015

Nobody is surprised at the first two, what I’m surprised at is the Brand New Heavies leaders great EDM band Leftfield having a new album I don’t know and I am surprised how it is the best sounding album around and I completely missed it. Their first in 16 years and it is mindblowing. Don’t let this happen to you.

UK Top 10 Albums 6-14-15

By Iman Lababedi | June 8, 2015

One of the strangest things about life is the UK’s penchant for high brow, low talent classical pop pap, here represented by Will Young and Collabro -both brought to us by Simon Cowell, a man who knows the value of everything and the worth of nothing.

UK Top 10 Albums 6-7-15

By Iman Lababedi | May 31, 2015

A$AP Rocky has been on heavy rotation all week and I see no reason to stop now, Will Young on the other hand is a painfully wimpy MOR singer who I have whole other levels of meh for. This is the fourth # 1, who won the very first season of the franchise that would be know as American Idol, the UK’s Pop Idol.

UK Top 10 Albums 5-31-15

By Helen Bach | May 24, 2015

The UK invasion isn’t very invasive any longer. And when you aren’t quite sure what to think, grade C covers it all. You’re all average and hey.. that’s ok

UK Top 10 Albums 5-17-15

By Iman Lababedi | May 10, 2015

If Trance has won the battle for the singles charts, the album charts are very volatile, it is a world where the cult band can make its presence felt… if only for a week. Blur at # 2 and Mumford at # 1, the revenge of rock? Yeah, but not really, because who knows how long it will last\. Meanwhile, Sheeran and Swift are still hanging on. Sheeran? one month short of a year in the top ten

UK Top 10 Albums 5-3-14

By Iman Lababedi | April 26, 2015

Perhaps it’s a form of snobbery, but is there anything worse than high-low culture pop music like Josh Groban: yes, he has a good voice but everything it touches melts into sugar cotton candy. It is all sticky and horrid. One exception: “Pure Imagination” isn’t bad… That’s why it is D+ and not D-. It’s like Christian MOR without the excuse of worship.

UK Top 10 Albums 4-26-15

By Iman Lababedi | April 19, 2015

Just in time for his upcoming tour of the the UK with Sting (I saw it when Iit played New York and liked it fine for what it’s worth… at least the Paul segment), this 19 song ultimate collection is Paul’s first # 1 since 1990. It is pretty darn good as well, a coupla S&G for taste and heapings of Graceland. That should do it, right?

UK TOP 10 Albums 4-19-15

By Iman Lababedi | April 13, 2015

This ain’t much is it? And much less volatile than the singles chart which is weird, in the States if you get on the singles charts you stay a while but albums fly in and out of the albums chart very rapidly. Nothing against Kanye West, I couldn’t be a bigger fan, but if we expect his new album to change the year around, it’s gonna be a long wait.

UK Top 10 Albums 4-12-15

By Iman Lababedi | April 6, 2015

What is bizarre and strange about the Prodigy is that they were so unique and cutting edge on The Fat Of The Land and nearly 20 years later they are exactly the same. We call this a Status Quo complex, psychiatrists are fascinated by it, the Prodigy grow older without ever changing in the slightest. In 2035 they will be sound exactly the same.

UK Top 10 Albums 4-4-15

By Iman Lababedi | March 30, 2015

Can’t say I am too fond of James Bay, another small town boy way more precious than anybody really needs to be, I prefer Seasick Steve, a blues guy from Cali who is big in the UK because he sounds like an English blues guy and not a US. Because he is white?

UK Top 10 Albums 3-28-15

By Iman Lababedi | March 23, 2015

: I’ve listened to the new Kendrick a lot and I am getting a handle on it but it reminds me of the recent D’Angelo album… shouldn’t this stuff not feel like homework? Like hard work? Like a slog, waiting for the songs to reveal themselves. And I guess they do slowly, “Wesley’s Theory”, “i” and “u”, the undeniable “The Blacker The Berry” but again, would I have spent this much time wthout the hype? Well, yes for “The Blacker The Berry”…

UK Top 10 Albums 3-21-15

By admin | March 16, 2015

Nothing personal, but the thing about pop music is it has to be popular and Madonna better start selling some more copies. Meanwhile, the X Factor winning Rebecca Ferguson and the five piece harmony band take on black music, with varying degrees of success and not a lot of it.

UK Top 10 Albums 3-7-15

By Iman Lababedi | March 2, 2015

Royal Blood are opening for Foo Fighters at Citifield this summer (and man does it seem far away as I write this, with the snow snowing, and the wind blowing) and despite our hopes and prayers for a wonderful summertime, that is one night that sounds like a nightmare. Royal Blood, is bombastic deep throat modern rock. Dreadful.

UK Top 10 Albums 3-1-15

By Iman Lababedi | February 23, 2015

Thunder are a really good mainstream UK style hard rock band, been around over 20 years, and are in a league with the best out there. They’re opening for ZZ Top in London and that sounds like a concert to be missed under no circumstances. Meanwhile, my buddy Johnny McElhone’s (I knew him when he managed Ramona) band Texas is back on the charts.

UK Top 10 Albums Week Of 2-21-15

By Iman Lababedi | February 16, 2015

I am seeing #10, Gregory Porter, in a couple of weeks at the the Harlem Arts Salon at Harlem just as the supple grammy award winning jazz baritone reaches the height of his career with the most streamed jazz album of all times, 2013’s Liquid Spirit. The big man will be on the same bill as another big man, Tomas Doncker, who you might well claim is to the blues what Porter is to jazz.

US Top 10 Albums 2-21-15

By Iman Lababedi | February 12, 2015

How about Bob Dylan’s 28th top ten album., eh? How about that. Costello on the new Dylan: “I think it’s really, truthfully, one of the greatest records he’s ever made. It’s so soulful. He’s obviously lived with those songs in his heart for a long time, and he sings them that way

Uk Top 10 Albums 2-14-15

By Iman Lababedi | February 9, 2015

before we get to Dylan’s EIGHTH # 1 album in the UK (about 20% of all the albums he has ever released), let’s scratch our heads in amazement at the return of a guitarist who performed quite well with Dylan himself, Mark Knopfler. Brothers In Arms has two 80s masterpieces an nothing else much.

UK Top 10 Albums 1-31-15

By Iman Lababedi | January 26, 2015

Finally, 2015 hits the charts and while I am not crazy about #1, I am crazy about # 2, FOB’s best album ever and if it did this well in the UK, I wonder if it can take over from Meghan in the US? No, I don’t really like the new Belle & Sebastian but I approve of them as a concept.

UK Top 10 Albums 1-23-15

By Iman Lababedi | January 19, 2015

As a rule of thumb the UK charts are much more volatile than the US charts, though when it comes to albums both arrive and leave with great speed. But this chart hasn’t changed much in six week. everything is where it has been: Ed, Tay, Ezra at the top forever, and down below Olly and below him 1D and Ella. A strangely boring list.

UK top 10 Albums 10-17-15

By Iman Lababedi | January 12, 2015

I just gave Hozier another spin. Maybe I underestimated his voice a little, and the giggle at funerals line is a good one, but I can’t hear anything else as being much ore than Gospel tinged folkieness. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike it at all but I can’t feel anything much more stronger than a lack of contempt. How did it catch on?

UK Top 10 Albums 1-10-15

By Iman Lababedi | January 5, 2015

Ezra is guy who gave us “Budapest” and “Cassy O” though a full album of the suckers is pushing it a bit but otherwise i remain with the same question: why the assumption people stop buying music the last two weeks and first two weeks of a new year. It seems to me that anybody with half a brain and a big enough fanbase would ONLY RELEASE MUSIC around this time. It isn’t 1987, people don’t have to leave their couch to buy an album.

UK Top 10 Albums 1-3-15

By Iman Lababedi | December 29, 2014

I really like Ella despite being an X Factor contestant, and a losing X Factor contestant to boot, she has an excellent voice, soulful, moving, mainstream but good enough for EDM any time. And “Ghost” and “Yours” were fine singles. and she has a whole lotta presence on stage. wonder why she stiffed on Factor.

US Top 10 Albums 1-3-15

By Iman Lababedi | December 25, 2014

With one week left before the end of the year, 1989 is now 100,000 units away from beating Frozen for biggest selling album of the year. This is pretty damn impressive and I don’t see how it can fail -she must win. Hell, I’d buy em myself if I could afford it!

UK Top 10 Albums 12-27-14

By Iman Lababedi | December 22, 2014

Ed Sheeran is the poster boy for over achievement. I saw him three years ago at the Peppermint Lounge, now he owns the world. He sold over 200K albums last week alone which means (one, carry the one) every person in England now owns a copy

US Top 10 Albums 12-27-14

By Iman Lababedi | December 18, 2014

I was disappointed by the J. Cole album, it needed a little more discipline,it needed a couple of killer songs, a “Power trip” or a “Work Out” to beckon us in. The album isn’t bad, it’s good, but it needed to be great.