Timbaland holds at No1 on the Album Chart for a fifth week with ‘Shock Value’, despite a strong challenge from Plain White T’s ‘Every Second Counts’, new at No2 . This is their fourth album since forming in Illinois ten years ago, but the first to get a major label European release.
Just behind Plain White T’s, Hard-Fi debut at No3 with their second album ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’ - two places higher than the peak position achieved by their 2005 debut ‘Stars Of CCTV’, which in contrast took more than 6 months to reach the Top 10. The only other new entry in this week’s Top 40 is at No20 for Sean Kingston, with his self-titled debut album. Sean Kingston has a second week at the top of the Singles Chart with ‘Beautiful Girls’- behind Plain White T’s ‘Hey There Delilah’ on downloads, but far enough ahead on CD to claim a comfortable lead overall. James Blunt is this week’s highest climber, up from No28 to No5 with the CD release of ‘1973’ – his fifth Irish hit single and first from his forthcoming second album ‘All The Lost Souls’. Girls Aloud maintain their extraordinary 100% Top 20 hit-rate with their 16th single ‘Sexy! No No No’, this week’s highest new entry at No11. Their first – and most successful – single ‘Sound Of the Underground’ spent three weeks at No1 less than five years ago.