AC/DC make it nine in a row for groups atop the albums chart

AC/DC make it nine in a row for groups atop the albums chart

Black Ice is AC/DC's fifteenth studio album since their 1975 debut and their first for eight years. Tipped to top the chart in several other countries, it bows empathically at number one here, with first week sales of 110,978 copies. It makes a much bigger impression than their last album, Stiff Upper Lip, which debuted and peaked at number 12 in 2000 on sales of 14,280 copies.

AC/DC has charted 14 albums prior to Black Ice but only one - 1980's Back In Black - got to number one. The gap of 28 years between number one albums is the longest of any act, eclipsing the 25 year hiatus between Elvis Presley's 40 Greatest Hits (1977) and Elv!s - 30 Number One Hits (2002).

The Bee Gees, Olivia Newton-John, Frank Ifield, Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham, Billy Thorpe, John Paul Young and Peter Andre are among a plethora of acts born in the UK but widely regarded as Australian.

80% of AC/DC fit that bill too - guitarists Angus Young and brother Malcolm originally hail from Glasgow, bassist Cliff Williams is from Romford, and lead singer Brian Johnson is from Gateshead. Only drummer Phil Rudd is a native Aussie. And they're pretty elderly for a number one group too - their average age is 56, three years younger than the record of 59 set by The Eagles last year.

The Kaiser Chiefs' third album, Off With Their Heads, debuts at number two on sales of 46,235 copies a fortnight after introductory single Never Miss A Beat peaked at number five. The Kaiser Chiefs last album Yours Truly, Angry Mob debuted at number one on sales of 151,139 in 2007. Their 2005 debut album Employment, debuted at number three on sales of 75,021 and peaked at number two 49 weeks later.

Crazy, the first single from the new Sugababes album Catfights And Spotlights reached number three a couple of weeks ago, and the album debuts at number eight on sales of 23,123 copies, taking their total album sales to more than 4m.

It's a year and two weeks since their last album, Change debuted at number one on sales of 53,540 copies. The Sugababes' sixth album, it was their second slowest starter, despite its number one placing, and has thus far sold 494,485 copies.

Predecessors One Touch, Angels With Dirty Faces, Three, Taller In More Ways and Overloaded: The Singles Collection, opened at 77, two, three, one and three respectively, with first week sales of 5,510, 64,772, 63,118, 65,781 and 57,284 and eventual sales of 220,461, 916,562, 855,120, 885,887 and 597,983.

With second single Don't Call This Love diving 3-11 on its second week in the chart, reigning X Factor champion Leon Jackson's debut album, Right Now, arrives at number four on sales of 37,197 copies.

Jackson is the first winner of The X Factor not to open at number one. First season winner Steve Brookstein's Heart And Soul, second series winner Shayne Ward's self-titled set and Leona Lewis' Spirit all shot to number one on first week sales of 50,989, 201,266 and 375,872, respectively.

In other chart news related to The X Factor, the programme's theme of Michael Jackson songs a week last Saturday (18th) provided a massive boost for Jacko's King Of Pop compilation, which soars 47-14, with sales up 304.3% at 13,945 copies. It brings up the 100,000th sale of the album, which peaked at number three.

Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins racks up a top five album for the fourth year in a row, debuting at number five on sales of 34,799 copies of Sacred Arias. Jenkins' five previous albums, all for UCJ, have sold a total of 2,023,638 but Sacred Arias is her last for the label before her much-publicised move to Warner Music in a deal rumoured to be the largest in classical music history.

German dance music phenomenon Sash! is back in the singles chart for the first time in eight years with Raindrops (Encore Une Fois) - a remake of his 1997 debut hit Encore Une Fois, now featuring Stunt.

With his Hard2Beat labelmate Basshunter diving 11-22 with Now You're Gone, Sash!'s new Best Of compilation is the highest charting dance album of the week, debuting at number 10 on sales of 20,026 - it also comprehensively beats his 2000 hits set Encore Une Fois which peaked at number 33 and sold just 59,880 copies, despite coming hot on the heels of a string of 10 straight Top 15 singles.

The second biggest-selling album of the week is High School Musical 3: Senior Year, which debuts atop the compilation chart on first week sales of 91,972.

It's the best first week to date for a soundtrack album, beating the 86,001 first-week sales of Bridget Jones' Diary in 2001. The first High School Musical album debuted at number two, spent four weeks at number one, and has sold 1,109,859 copies since its 2006 release, while High School Musical 2 (2007) debuted at number one on sales of 41,528 copies, spent seven weeks at the summit, and has sold 696,788 copies.

Overall album sales increased 10.7% week-on-week to 2,131,182, 2.04% below same week 2007 sales of 2,175,527.


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