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Coldplay number one again in static top three

Coldplay number one again in static top three

In a frozen top three, Coldplay's Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends is the number one again yet again, with sales of 40,111 providing it with a comfortable cushion over Duffy's Rockferry - number two for the fourth week in a row and seventh time in total, on sales of 29,227 - and Chris Brown's revised Exclusive which holds on to the new peak placing of number three it achieved last week, selling a further 19,802 copies.

Viva La Vida has sold at a slower clip than its immediate predecessor, X&Y, but beats that album's four-week reign, and becomes the first album to spend five weeks at number one since Leona Lewis' Spirit spent seven weeks at number one in a run that started last November.

After reaching number 11 with their debut hit single I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You, and number 36 with follow-up Hurricane Jane, Florida's Black Kids provide the highest-ranking of nine debuts on the album chart this week, with their introductory set Partie Traumatic.

In at number five on sales of 14,175 copies as the group continues a gruelling tour of clubs and festivals throughout the UK and Europe, the album was produced by former Suede man Bernard Butler, who also helmed the biggest album of the year to date, Duffy's Rockferry.

The eclectic genius that is Beck celebrated his 37th birthday last Tuesday (8th) and marks the occasion by securing his highest charting album yet, debuting at number nine with Modern Guilt on sales of 11,478 copies.

Of six previous chart albums dating back to 1994, his highest charting was 2005's Guero (number 15), while 1996's Odelay was his biggest seller (367,821 sales). Because each copy of his last (2006) album The Information had a different sleeve, it was not eligible to chart but would have reached number 17.

Although Give It 2 Me is becalmed ahead of physical release today (it moves 18-17 on sales of 9,260), its radio, club and TV support are helping Madonna's Hard Candy album, which rebounds 24-14 on sales of 9,751.

The album has sold 228,725 copies since its release 11 weeks ago, putting it a little ahead of the pace set by Madonna's last studio album American Life, which had sold 216,541 copies at the same stage of its life in 2003 on its way to total sales of 335,115.

With the Mamma Mia musical now attracting big audiences to UK cinemas, the soundtrack album - featuring contributions from the likes of Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan - debuts at number one on the compilation chart, after attracting 35,766 sales.

Meanwhile, the London original cast recording, dating back to 1999, vaults 66-35 on the artist album chart (4,631 sales), while all of Abba's back catalogue enjoys increased sales.

Gold: Greatest Hits explodes 43-12 (10,156 sales) to achieve its highest chart placing since 2004, while 2005's 18 Hits compilation - number 46 in 2007 - re-enters the chart at number 54 (3,558 sales).

Beck's XL Recordings debut, Modern Guilt, enters at number nine to eclipse the peak position of his six previous chart albums, all on Geffen.

Beck's album is the sixth on XL Recordings to chart this year - a record for the 19-year-old label from the Beggars Group stable - following Radiohead's In Rainbows(number one), Vampire Weekend's eponymous debut (number 15), Adele's 19 (number one), The Raconteurs' Consolers Of The Lonely (number eight) and The Colourful Life by Cajun Dance Party (number 49).

Overall album sales dip for the fourth straight week, falling 6.2% to 2,018,440. That's the 17th biggest total in 28 chart weeks in 2008 but the lowest for seven weeks. It's also 5.62% below same week 2007 sales of 2,138,669.

Already number one on download sales, Dizzee Rascal's Dance Wiv Me was released on 12-inch and CD last Monday, and consequently romps to an easy second week at the singles chart summit, with sales increasing by 7.4% to 53,083 - the highest for a number one single for 15 weeks.

Although overall singles sales are marginally (0.1%) down at 1,922,169, the rest of the top three also find extra thrust, with Basshunter's All I Ever Wanted (3-2) up 31.3% at 34,189, and Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown's No Air (4-3) collaboration enjoying a 34.2% surge to 28,442 sales.

Labels like Positiva, Multiply, Manifesto and Data all had envious early success rates but the Ministry Of Sound's Hard2Beat is the first dance imprint to open its account with four straight top five hits.

First release, Now You're Gone by Basshunter, reached number one, H Two O's What's It Gonne Be reached number two, September's Cry For You reached number four and now Basshunter's second single, All I Ever Wanted - whose H2B08CDS catalogue number suggests it is the label's eight release - improves 3-2, as noted above.

Comprising Arctic Monkeys' vocalist Alex Turner and Miles Kane of The Rascals, The Last Shadow Puppets reached number nine with their debut single The Age Of Understatement in April, and topped the album chart with their long player of the same name a week later.

Their second single, Standing Next To Me, seems set for a lower peak, having debuted this week at number 30 on combined sales of 5,037 copies of downloads, CD and two 7-inch variants.

But it's had a galvanising effect on their album, which has rocketed 105-40-15 in the last fortnight, and sold 8,685 copies last week to take its 12-week career tally to 128,358.

Brighton band The Kooks had the biggest hit of their career with Always Where I Need To Be, the first single from their second album Konk, which reached number three, surpassing the six singles they lifted off their debut album, Inside In/Inside Out.

In the Top 10 of the airplay chart for three weeks, follow-up Shine On was issued on seven-inch and CD last week, and advances 53-25 on sales of 6,514. Konk catches a very slight updraft, improving 45-38 on sales of 4,432.

While predecessor Rockstar dips 56-64 on the 39th week of its Top 75 residency, Nickelback's "follow-up" Photograph climbs 29-18 (7,869 sales) to reach a new peak.

In reality, Photograph was a single before Rockstar, and reached number 29 in 2005. It received scant attention from radio then but is now a major airplay hit, and its success seems to have reassured many ditherers that the album All The Right Reasons - home to both songs - is worth a punt, as it returns to the Top 10 after an absence of 11 weeks, jumping 15-8 on sales of 12,230.

With three UK singles chart entries between 1999 and 2001, none of which went higher than number 25, Kid Rock was so cold that So Hott, the first single from his current album, Rock N Roll Jesus, sold just 220 copies when released last Autumn, and US follow-up Amen didn't get released here at all - but he's hot now, as All Summer Long storms 46-6 on sales of 21,015 downloads.

The track, which samples both Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama and Warren Zevon's Werewolves Of London, is in the Top 10 of the airplay chart with massive support from Radio Two (16 plays last week) but only three spins on Radio One.

It recently topped the charts in Germany and Austria and makes its US Hot 100 debut this week at number 80. The success of All Summer Long has seen Werewolves Of London downloads increase from less than 100 a week to 528 last week, while Sweet Home Alabama - a number 31 hit in 1976 - jumps to number 55 this week (2,635 sales) after spending three straight weeks at number 68.

Rock N Roll Jesus has sold over 5,000 copies here on soft release and will be fully released in a fortnight (28 July).

With Mamma Mia enjoying a big week in cinemas, sales of all Abba-related music increased considerably last week, with the group placing 11 albums in the week's 1,000 best-sellers, while download sales secured Top 1,000 singles chart placings for 22 of their recordings, those making the most impression being: Mamma Mia (number 86, 1,456 sales), Dancing Queen (number 90, 1,439 sales), The Winner Takes It All (number 132, 937 sales), Gimme Gimme Gimme (number 174, 797 sales, and Take A Chance On Me (number 321, 520 sales).

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