After topping the Year-End Album Chart for 2005, James Blunt’s ‘Back To Bedlam’ now returns to No1 on the second chart of the New Year, up from No3 last week.
Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Breakaway’ slips to No2 after just one week at the top, followed at No3 by The Strokes ‘First Impressions Of Earth’, up one place from last week’s No4 debut. There are no new entries in this week’s chart, but several new artists make an impression: Sweden’s Jose Gonzalez climbs from No17 to No6 with his acclaimed debut ‘Veneer’, Hard-Fi make their Top20 debut (up from No28 to No12) with ‘Stars Of CCTV’ 6 months after release, and finally Arcade Fire climb back up to No16 from No23 with ‘Funeral’ – a regular feature of the critics’ ‘Best of 2005’ lists. The Singles Chart still suffers from a slight post-Christmas hangover this week, with Shayne Ward taking a second week at No1 with ‘That’s My Goal’ and the next 8 titles shuffling positions from last week. There’s only one new entry in the Top 20: Richard Ashcroft with ‘Break The Night With Colour’ at No10. This is his best solo showing on this chart, and only the third of his 7 solo singles to make the Top 30, but falls short of the No3 peak for his two most successful Verve singles ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ and ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ back in 1997.