It appears a touch of classic rock is all it took to slingshot some cello brahs back into the classical charts.
2CELLOS’s cover of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” got all of the Youtube hits, and also ginned up sales of their album In2ition, first released in the early days of 2013. They’re now perched at album number eight on Billboard’s top classical albums.
Our beloved Missourians, the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, still hold down the pole position (as well as number four). Hipper-than-hip Lindsey Stirling spends her 75th week on the classical charts. Only The Piano Guys have enjoyed a similar tenure.
Here’s the rundown of Billboard’s top 10 classical records for this week. My comments are in italics.
1.) “Lent at Ephesus,” by Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles
2.) “Lindsey Stirling,” self-titled
3.) “The Piano Guys,” self-titled (73 weeks running)
4.) “Angels and Saints at Ephesus,” by Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles (coattail effect from new album)
5.) “The Piano Guys 2,” by The Piano Guys
6.) “Love in Portofino,” by Andrea Bocelli (Bocelli will never not be on the charts)
7.) “A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs from the World’s Favourite Musicals,” by Il Divo
8.) “In2ition,” by 2CELLOS
9.) “Thinking of Home,” by Paul Byrom
10.) “Bach: Inventions & Sinfonias: BWV 772-801,” Simone Dinnerstein