Les Miz Does The Biz


The motion picture cast recording of ‘Les Miserables’ climbs one place to claim the No1 spot on this week’s Album Chart – the first movie soundtrack to top this chart since AC/DC’s ‘Iron Man 2’ in 2010. Meanwhile the original 1985 London Cast version leaps thirty nine places from No71 to No32 – the first time it’s been in the Top 50 since 1999.

Emeli Sandé climbs two places to No2 with ‘Our Version Of Events’, a seventh week in the runner-up position since release a year ago but yet to hit the top spot. After debuting at No1 last week, Villagers drop to No3 with ‘{Awayland}’, one place ahead of Ed Sheeran whose ‘+’ dips to No4. CD sales take a hammering this week with the hopefully temporary closure of all HMV stores across the country, and the highest new entry is a download-only release for Ballina rock band Valerra at No41 with their self-titled debut album.

Will.i.am & Britney Spears take a second week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Scream & Shout’, ahead of The Lumineers’ ‘Ho Hey’ at No2 and Rihanna’s ‘Stay’ at No3. Three newcomers make their first ever appearance in the Top 20 this week: Dutch dance duo Bingo Players have this week’s highest new entry at No8 with ‘Get Up (Rattle)’ (feat. Far East Movement), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis climb from No31 to No13 with ‘Thrift Shop’ and Passenger moves up from No32 to No19 with ‘Let Her Go’.

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