In November last year Beyoncé debuted at No3 on the Album Chart with her third solo album ‘I Am…Sasha Fierce’, and after seven weeks she now climbs convincingly from No8 to claim the No1 spot.
The Kings Of Leon are also on the rise this week, up from No5 to No2 with ‘Only By The Night’, one place ahead of Leona Lewis ‘Spirit’ at No3. With many of the Christmas hit albums dipping this week, several critics’ favourites of 2008 surge back up the chart: MGMT’s ‘Oracular Spectacular’ is up from No20 to No8, Elbow’s ‘Seldom Seen Kid’ climbs from No31 to No21, Fleet Foxes are up from No50 to No26, Ting Tings leap from No77 to No31 and Vampire Weekend jump from No61 to No35. Alexandra Burke takes a fourth consecutive week at No1 on the Singles Chart with her version of ‘Hallelujah’, but she’s challenged this week by Lady Gaga who leaps from No11 to No2 with her debut single ‘Just Dance’. After entering the Top 40 three weeks ago, James Morrison (feat. Nelly Furtado) makes a giant stride this week with ‘Broken Strings’ up from No16 to No3, a personal best for Morrison whose only previous hit ‘You Give Me Something’ peaked at No14. In another quiet post-Christmas week for new releases, the only other newcomer to the Top 10 is MGMT’s ‘Kids’, back up from No21 to No9 after 21 weeks in the lower reaches of the Top 40.