Blunt Leads U.K. Album Chart Again
James Blunt's five-week run at the top of the U.K. singles chart with "You're Beautiful" (Atlantic) was ended yesterday (Aug. 21) by boy band McFly, who opened at No. 1 with "I'll Be OK" (Universal IsJames Blunt's five-week run at the top of the U.K. singles chart with "You're Beautiful" (Atlantic) was ended yesterday (Aug. 21) by boy band McFly, who opened at No. 1 with "I'll Be OK" (Universal Island). But Blunt continues to rule the album chart with "Back to Bedlam," which tops the survey for a seventh week.
"I'll Be OK" is the lead single from McFly's second album, "Wonderland," which will be released Aug. 29 in the United Kingdom. With the Blunt single down to No. 2 and Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" (Warner Bros.) slipping 2-3, Babyshambles' "F*** Forever" (Rough Trade) was the next new entry at No. 4. Iron Maiden's reissue of its 1983 single "The Trooper" (EMI) gave the band a No. 5 debut, seven places above its original peak.
The song, a favorite in the band's live set, has been re-released to mark Maiden's appearance at the Reading and Leeds Festivals next weekend and the Aug. 29 release of a new live album, "Death on the Road."
British Whale, the pseudonym under which the Darkness' Justin Hawkins is launching his solo endeavor, arrived at No. 6 with a remake of Sparks' 1974 hit "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us" (Atlantic). The new version not only has the approval of Sparks' Ron and Russell Mael, they also appear in its video.
The entire top five on the album chart was unchanged, with Coldplay's "X&Y" (Parlophone) still at No. 2 behind Blunt. Madeleine Peyroux's "Careless Love" (Rounder/Universal Classics & Jazz) made its first top 10 appearance, climbing 11-7, while British modern rock staples Supergrass had the week's highest new entry with "Road to Rouen" (Parlophone) at No. 9.
Coldplay takes its reign over the European Top 100 Albums chart into double figures, with "X&Y" in a tenth week at No. 1. Crazy Frog's "Axel F" (Mach1) leads the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally for a ninth week.