Girl Aloud On Top


After debuting at No13 last week on the strength of just one day’s sales, Cheryl Cole takes her debut solo release ‘Fight For This Love’ up to No1. In the process she racks up the highest weekly sales tally of the year so far, overtaking this year’s record set last week by Alexandra Burke & Flo Rida, who drop to No2 with ‘Bad Boys’ after just one week at the top.

This week’s highest new entry is at No7 for Tupelo and the pupils of Gaelscoil Bharra, Cabra with their protest song ‘Cá Bhfuil Ár Scoil?’, in support of their campaign to get a permanent school after 14 years in prefabs.  Whitney Houston lands just outside the Top 10 at No11 with ‘Million Dollar Bill’ – nine years after her previous hit ‘Could I Have This Kiss Forever’ (with Enrique Iglesias) reached No8.  The third new entry is a charity release in aid of War Child – ‘I Got Soul’ at No17 from Young Soul Rebels, a collaboration of young British urban artists including Tinchy Stryder, Chipmunk and Ironik.

In another week of upheaval for the Album Chart there are four new entries in the Top10.  Canadian crooner Michael Bublé leads the pack with his fourth studio album ‘Crazy Love’, repeating the success of ‘Call Me Irresponsible’ which was No1 over the Christmas period 2007.  Alexandra Burke is new at No2 with her debut album ‘Overcome’, ahead of Whitney Houston who comes in at No3 with ‘I Look To You’, her best showing on this chart since 2000, when her ‘Greatest Hits’ spent four weeks at No1. There’s also a return to the chart for her ‘Ultimate Collection’, a re-entry at No7 two years after debuting and peaking at No6.  Jack L completes the quartet of Top 10 new entries with his ‘Essential Collection – The Story So Far’ new at No6 – a personal best on this chart ahead of No8 for ‘Universe’,  No11 for ‘Broken Songs’ and No9 for ‘Burn On’.

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