A decade after his untimely death on 29th May 1997, Jeff Buckley’s posthumous collection ‘So Real’ debuts at No1 on this week’s Album Chart. His first album ‘Grace’ never climbed higher than No14 but the follow-up ‘Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk’, which was released after his death, debuted and peaked at No2 in May 1998. ‘So Real’ is the first compilation album to top this chart since U2’s ‘U218 Singles’ in the first week of January this year – every other chart-topper since then has comprised original new studio material.
Linkin Park slip to No2 after two weeks at No1, ahead of Cascada, Maroon 5 and Arctic Monkeys who all drop one place. The next new entry in this week’s chart is at No20 for Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova’s soundtrack to John Carney’s ‘Once’, in which they both star as well as perform. Their previous collaboration ‘The Swell Season’ debuted and peaked at No5 a year ago. After climbing to No1 on the strength of downloads last week, Rihanna consolidates her lead at the top of the Singles Chart with the CD release of ‘Umbrella’, outselling the nearest challenger Akon by a factor of nearly 3:1. Gym Class Heroes ‘Cupid’s Chokehold’ renews its steady ascent of the chart after stalling at No6 last week, climbing to No3 five weeks after the No28 debut. ‘Cupid’s Chokehold’ samples Supertramp’s ‘Breakfast in America’ – and this week charts three places higher than the original which peaked at No6 in July 1979.