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Sunday, September 16, 2012

UK Chart Roundup: Pet Shop Boys Land 14th Top 10 Album With 'Elysium'

Pet Shop Boys' Elysium has entered the UK album chart at #9, and thus becomes their 11th consecutive Top 10-charting studio album.  As Elysium is, in fact, their 11th studio album, that means all of them have placed in the Top 10. Additionally, the duo also hit the Top 10 with their 1991 greatest hits compilation Discography, 1994 remix album Disco 2 and 1995 B-sides collection Alternative.

That said, Elysium is Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe's lowest-charting Top 10 album to-date. The breakdown is as follows:

* Please (#3, 1986)
* Actually (#2, 1987)
* Introspective (#2, 1988)
* Behaviour (#2, 1990)
* Discography (#3, 1991)
* Very (#1, 1993)
* Disco 2 (#6, 1994)
* Alternative (#2, 1995)
* Bilingual (#4, 1996)
* Nightlife (#7, 1999)
* Release (#7, 2002)
* Fundamental (#5, 2006)
* Yes (#4, 2009)
* Elysium (#9, 2012)

If we want to get even more technical, Liza Minnelli's 1989 album Results — which was not a Pet Shop Boys album, but was produced by the duo — peaked at #6 in the UK.

At any rate, above is a photo of my double-album vinyl copy of Elysium, which arrived in the mail this week. I spent the entire week driving around L.A. playing the LP in my car, and even zipped past Andrew Dawson's Soundeq studio, which is located on Sunset Blvd. in the Crossroads Of The World complex in Hollywood.

The UK Top 10:

1. "Hall Of Fame" - The Script feat. will.i.am *1 week*
2. "You Bring Me Joy" - Amelia Lily *new*
3. "Let Me Love You" - Ne-Yo
4. "Wings" - Little Mix
5. "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" - Pink
6. "I Cry" - Flo Rida
7. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" - Taylor Swift
8. "Good Time" - Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen
9. "Bom Bom" - Sam & The Womp
10. "Some Nights" - fun.

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