Nearly three years after his death in September 2003, Johnny Cash dominates the Charts this week: ‘American V: A Hundred Highways’ climbs from No5 to No1 on the Album Chart, ‘Ring Of Fire – The Legend Of’ climbs from No6 to No3, his bio-pic ‘Walk The Line’ takes a seventh week at the top of the Video Chart, and the accompanying soundtrack climbs to No5 in the Compilations Chart.
Shakira has a fourth week at No2 on the Album Chart with ‘Oral Fixation Vol 2’, denied the No1 spot by a different album in each of the 4 weeks - Sandi Thom, Fatboy Slim, Muse and now Johnny Cash. Thom Yorke has this week’s highest new entry at No8 with his first solo project ‘The Eraser’, failing to match the No1 debuts for Radiohead’s previous four albums (‘OK Computer’, ‘Kid A’, ‘Amnesiac’ and ‘Hail To The Thief’). Despite missing out on the Album Chart top slot, Shakira holds at No1 on the Singles Chart for a fifth consecutive week with ‘Hips Don’t Lie’. Nelly Furtado climbs to No2 after five patient weeks at No3, mainly as a result of a surge in download sales, which push her ahead of Sandi Thom who slips to No3 after 8 weeks in the Top 10. Bob Sinclar (feat. Steve Edwards) has this week’s highest Top 40 debut at No10 with ‘World, Hold On (Children Of The Sky)’: his previous single ‘Love Generation’ spent 15 weeks in the Top 40, but never climbed higher than No14.