Red Hot Chili Peppers debut at No1 on the Albums Chart this week with ‘Stadium Arcadium’, their first studio album since 2002’s ‘By The Way’ which spent 4 weeks at No1 and was their only previous album to make it to the top (‘Californication’ and ‘Greatest Hits’ both stalled at No2).
‘Stadium Arcadium’ becomes the fastest-selling album of the year so far, ahead of Arctic Monkeys’ first week sales for ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not’ back in January. Snow Patrol drop one place to No2 with ‘Eyes Open’, ahead of Shayne Ward (down from No2 to No3) and Nina Simone (down from No3 to No4). It’s a quiet week for singles, with no change in the Top 4 since last week: Gnarls Barkley make it 5 weeks at No1 with ‘Crazy’, followed by Shane Ward’s ‘No Promises’, Mary J Blige & U2 ‘One’ and Rihanna ‘SOS’. LL Cool J (feat. Jennifer Lopez) has this week’s highest new entry at No5 with ‘Control Myself’, his highest -ever showing on this chart: curiously, his previous best was No7 when he featured on Jennifer Lopez’ 2003 hit ‘All I Have’.