English singer/songwriter James Blunt continues to have the British sales charts in a stranglehold, starting a fifth week atop the album survey yesterday (Aug. 7) with "Back to Bedlam" and a fourth on

English singer/songwriter James Blunt continues to have the British sales charts in a stranglehold, starting a fifth week atop the album survey yesterday (Aug. 7) with "Back to Bedlam" and a fourth on the singles tally with "You're Beautiful" (Atlantic).

The album has now been certified quadruple-platinum for U.K. shipments of 1.2 million. Blunt has booked an 11-date tour of Britain for next February, in addition to the 16 sellout dates he's due to play in October.

With Canadian Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" (Warner Bros.) still at No. 2 on the singles list, the highest new entry was "Oh" (LaFace) by Ciara featuring Ludacris at No. 4. Veteran Scottish pop act Texas, whose chart career stretches back to 1989, arrived at No. 6 with "Getaway," its highest ranking since "Inner Smile" reached the same position in 2001 and its 12th top 10 hit overall.

"Dreams" (Interscope) by the Game debuted at No. 8, while English soul singer Lemar arrived at No. 21 with "Don't Give It Up" (Sony Music).

Beneath Blunt on the album chart, Coldplay's "X&Y" (Parlophone) continued at No. 2, and Lee Ryan of pop band Blue scored the only top 10 debut with his self-titled debut set at No. 6 for Brightside. Twenty-six years after its British chart debut, reunited "nutty boys" Madness returned at No. 11 with a collection of ska covers, "The Dangermen Sessions -- Vol. 1" (V2). Virgin's new "Best Of" by Kirsty MacColl came in at No. 17.

Across Europe, the Coldplay album is still unmovable, extending its reign on the European Top 100 Albums chart to eight weeks. German novelty act Crazy Frog's "Axel F" is in a seventh week atop the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles roundup.

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