The Who's new album, simply titled Who, has debuted in the Top 3in both their native England and here in America.
In England, the album landed at number-three, making it their highest charting album since 1981'sFace Dances, which also debuted at three and peaked at two.Rod Stewart's You're in My Heart is number-one followed by Robbie Williams'The Christmas Present.
Pete Townshend has been following the album's progress and on Sunday heposted, "Well done Rod for number-one and Robbie[Williams] for number-two. Thanks for the 'no hard feelings' Rod. I’ve always loved you since you fixed me up with a date with [British actress and singer]Julie Driscoll. I would complain about Christmas albums, do they need their own chart? But suddenly Christmas spirit is filling the air, and down the pub the Christmas songs are cheering me up. Rod, Robbie, you are above all amazing artists and long time friends. Now just piss off and make some room at the top for an album that is almost as unexpected as the miracle of Christmas itself. LOVE IN ABUNDANCE and FELLOWSHIP. It’s all just music ... after all ... it will fade..."
Here in the U.S.,Who debuted at number-two on the Billboard 200 with 89,000 copies sold. It's the band's 11th Top 10 album, with two others going as high as number-two --Quadrophenia (1973) and Who Are You (1978).
And on the Rolling Stonechart,Who debuted at number-one, which led the band to say, "Many thanks to the countless Who fans who helped put Who at number-one in Rolling StoneTop 200 Albums this weekend. And thanks to Rolling Stone too for putting us up there in their chart."
Who is The Who's first studio album since Endless Wirein 2006.