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Tame Impala's Currents tops first ever Progressive Albums Chart

Published 03/09/2015 | 00:09

Tame Impala's album Currents has topped the first ever Progressive Albums Chart. (AP)
Tame Impala's album Currents has topped the first ever Progressive Albums Chart. (AP)

The Official Charts Company and Prog Magazine have joined forces to launch the UK's first Official Progressive Albums Chart.

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Tame Impala will be revealed as the first ever Number 1 with their album Currents when the inaugural chart is published in the September edition of the magazine, on sale Wednesday September 9.

Showcasing a range of artists - from Pink Floyd and Genesis to Muse and Public Service Broadcasting, this chart will be a definitive monthly list of the UK's most popular prog albums.

Jerry Ewing, editor of Prog Magazine, said: "You look at some of the best-selling and acclaimed artists of the modern era like Muse, Radiohead, Mogwai, Tame Impala - what they do is incredible, they are challenging themselves, their audience and inspiring a new generation."

He added: "The Official Progressive Albums Chart is the platform in which this will be recognised. We're delighted to be working with the Official Charts Company and that the voice of the UK's best-selling music has given prog the platform it so deserves."

Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts Company, said: "We are delighted to be working with the progressive music experts at Prog Magazine to create this exciting new chart - and look forward to giving the most inventive artists working today a new showcase of their own, every month."

Official Progressive Albums Chart - Top 10

1. Tame Impala - Currents

2. Muse - Drones

3. Roger Waters - Amused To Death

4. Joe Satriani - Shockwave Supernova

5. Public Service Broadcasting - The Race For Space

6. Faith No More - Sol Invictus

7. Symphony X - Underworld

8. Pink Floyd - The Endless River

9. Tim Bowness - Stupid Things That Mean The World

10. Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful

To celebrate the launch of the new chart, the Official Charts Company has also compiled a list of the biggest selling Prog artists of the 21st century.

An all-British Top 4 sees Muse take the top spot with 4.4 million album sales, beating Pink Floyd into second place with 3.8 million albums sold. Radiohead are third and Kate Bush, the biggest selling prog female, is in fourth place.

Official Progressive Artists of the 21st century - Top 10

1. Muse (biggest album: Black Holes & Revelations)

2. Pink Floyd (The Dark Side Of the Moon)

3. Radiohead (OK Computer)

4. Kate Bush (Aerial)

5. Jeff Wayne (The War Of The Worlds)

6. Air (Moon Safari)

7. Sigur Ros (Takk)

8. Mike Oldfield (Tubular Bells)

9. Genesis (Selling England By The Pound)

10. Flaming Lips (Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots)

Prog Magazine is also holding its fourth annual Progressive Music Awards presented by Orange Amplification in association with currencies.co.uk.

Pink Floyd, King Crimson and Steven Wilson are all nominated for three awards, with Pink Floyd and Wilson going head-to-head for band/artist of the year, album of the year and The Storm Thorgerson Grand Design award.

In the live event category, Kate Bush's 2014 shows, her first in 35 years, earns her a nomination.

The 2015 awards, hosted by TV presenter Matthew Wright, will take place at London's Underglobe venue, beneath Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, on Thursday September 3.

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