New Silk Road Album Debuts at Number One on Billboard Chart

Classic Arts News   New Silk Road Album Debuts at Number One on Billboard Chart
The 5 Browns's debut album was knocked out of the number-one spot on the Billboard classical chart this week by a new recording from Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon entered the chart at number one, ending the 5 Browns' eight-week run at the top. The piano ensemble's self-titled album is now at number two.

The next five albums on last week's chart simply dropped down one spot, with Ma's album of Ennio Morricone works at number three, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Choose Something Like a Star at number four, Andr_ Rieu's Tuscany at number five, the soundtrack from the movie The Chorus at number six, and Lang Lang's recording of the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto at number seven.

The albums with the greatest sales gains this week are violinist Joshua Bell's Romance of the Violin, which stayed at number eight; guitarist Sharon Isbin and the New York Philharmonic's Rodrigo: Concerto de Aranjuez, which re-entered the chart at number 12; and pianist Yundi Li's Chopin: Scherzi, Impromptus, which moved from number 14 to number 13.

On the classical crossover chart, positions number one through five remained the same, with Josh Groban's Closer at number one. The albums at number two and three, Andrea Bocelli's Andrea and Ronan Tynan's Ronan, both showed marked sales gains this week, and John Williams' El Diablo Suelto re-entered the chart at number 13.

Other crossover albums showing sales gains were Ma's Obrigado Brazil and albums by the singing group Amici forever and the Irish Tenors.

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