The new UK progressive chart has been launched today (September 3) via The Official Charts Company and Prog magazine, and Australian Prog rockers Tame Impala are the first band to see the number 1 slot with their album Currents. The new chart will be updated monthly, both online on The Offical Chart Company’s website, and in print in Prog Magazine.
This is the first time in which the Progressive genre has been so widely appreciated since the 70’s and speaking on the sudden influx of the musical movement, Jerry Ewing of Prog magazine had this to say of Progressive artists: “They are challenging themselves, their audience and inspiring a new generation, and the official progressive albums chart is the platform in which this will be recognized”.
Tonight also sees the Progressive Music Awards taking place at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, where Tame Impala have not placed in any 7 of the reader-nominated categories, but Muse (who hold number 2 position in the charts) have been nominated for ‘Best Live Event’ for their performance at this year’s Download festival. Pink Floyd who ranked at number 8 this month have been nominated for ‘Best Album’, ‘Band/Artist of the Year’ and ‘The Storm Thorgerson Grand Design’ award.
There is still hope for Tame Impala to win something however as the ‘Outer Limits’, ‘Visionary’, ‘Virtuoso’, ‘Guiding Light’, ‘Lifetime Achievement’ and ‘Prog god’ awards are editorially voted, and due to the success of Currents, it seems unlikely that they will go home empty-handed. The full list of awards and candidates can be found here.
The current Progressive Rock chart stands so far as:
Tame Impala – Currents
Muse – Drones
Roger Waters – Amused to Death
Joe Satriani – Shockwave Supernova
Public Service Broadcasting – The Race for Space
Faith No More – Sol Invictus
Symphony X – Underworld
Pink Floyd – The Endless River
Tim Bowness – Stupid Things That Mean the World
Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful