One year after The Streets took No1 on the Singles and Albums Chart with ‘Dry Your Eyes’ and ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’, James Blunt repeats the feat this week with ‘You’re Beautiful’ and ‘Back To Bedlam’, sales of which have increased each week for 9 consecutive weeks.
The Gipsy Kings ‘Best Of’ climbs 2 places from No4 to No2, ahead of non-mover Green Day ‘American Idiot’ at No3. Michael Jackson has this week’s highest new entry at No4 with ‘Essential’, less than 2 years after his previous hits compilation ‘Number Ones’ debuted at No5 and then climbed to the top of the chart in December 2003. James Blunt climbs one place to take Number One on the Singles Chart with ‘You’re Beautiful’, replacing 2Pac and Elton John’s ‘Ghetto Gospel’ which drops to No2 after 3 weeks at the top. In the steadiest chart since records began, the rest of the Top10 (positions 3 to 10) remain unchanged since last week. There are 2 new entries outside the Top 10: reggaeton star Daddy Yankee’s ‘Gasolina’ at No12 and ex-Blue Lee Ryan’s debut solo release ‘Army Of Lovers’ at No17.