On June 4, 1984 Bruce Springsteen released ‘Born In The U.S.A.’, which gave him his first UK #1 album.
Merry Christmas everyone! Now, take a sip of that bucks fizz, pop on those new slippers you’ve been given and settle in for the top 10 of Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart of 2016. With a year of relentless touring under his belt, following the release of ‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’ last December, Bruce Springsteen has taken the top spot from last year’s chart queen Adele, who this year is sitting pretty in second place. But not content with a year full of shows, being awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom last month and releasing his autobiography, Born To Run, in September, he will hit the road again with the E Street Band in 2017 for a run of Australian dates during January and February.
Amazingly Coldplay find themselves in exactly the same position they were in on last year’s chart, #3, though this time they are sharing the top five with cockney comedian Micky Flanagan and Canadian rapper Drake, whose fourth album, ‘Views’, reached #1 on the UK album chart this spring. Having announced the end of his retirement and live return earlier this year Phil Collins finds himself at #6 on the chart, followed by pop superstar Justin Bieber, who next summer will play three huge UK and Ireland shows.
Reunited rock legends Guns N Roses are at #8, having recently announced three UK shows as part of the European leg of their Not In This Lifetime tour. Following closely behind them are Take That, who will support their forthcoming new album, ‘Wonderland’, with a spring UK arena tour, which will include six nights at the O2 in London. Taking up the final space on the top 10 of the chart is Beyoncé, who led the recent Grammy nominations for her album ‘Lemonade’.
It’s Friday, which means you’re in the market for some records to soundtrack the two tolerable days of each week. Head below to check out the list of new stuff, where you’ll find a young Springsteen against whom to measure your meagre achievements, an indie pairing to savour, a couple of albums that elude the sophomore slump in style and a new one from Every Time I Die that’ll cave your skull in. Grand.
Bruce Springsteen – ‘Chapter And Verse’
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – ‘I Had A Dream That You Were Mine’
Beach Slang – ‘A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings’
Every Time I Die – ‘Low Teens’
Billie Marten – ‘Writing of Blues and Yellows’
Boxed In – ‘Melt’
Devendra Banhart – ‘Ape In Pink Marble’
Flock Of Dimes – ‘If You See Me, Say Yes’
How to Dress Well – ‘Care’
LVL UP – ‘Return To Love’
Merchandise – ‘A Corpse Wired For Sound’
Passenger – ‘Young As The Morning Old As The Sea’
Billy Connolly has done it! The Scottish comedian has knocked Beyonce off the top spot and is currently at #1 on Stereoboard’s Hot Ticket Chart. Following closely behind him are The 1975, Lovebox Festival, Christine And The Queens and the chart queen herself, Beyonce.
Making his way back up the chart this week is Bruce Springsteen, who has risen from #15 to #6. Joining in his good fortune are Stereophonics, who have shot up six places from last week. But, where one act goes up, another must come down, and Black Sabbath have dropped from #16 to last position, while Justin Bieber has also fallen, but for him it’s five places.
During the coming week there are a shedload of tickets going on sale for a number of events and tours, including Pet Shop Boys, The Lumineers, Jamie T, Bjork and Against Me. Come back and see us next week to see if anyone can bump Billy off the top spot.
1. Billy Connolly
2. The 1975
3. Lovebox Festival
4. Christine And The Queens
6. Bruce Springsteen
7. David Gilmour
8. Jeff Lynnes ELO
9. PJ Harvey
10. Stevie Wonder
12. Jess Glynne
13. Bryan Adams
14. Justin Bieber
15. Rod Stewart
16. Catfish And The Bottlemen
18. Simply Red
20. Black Sabbath
On sale in the next week – can they break the top 20?
3. Jamie T
5. Against Me