GaGa's return to the album chart summit is something of a surprise with The Fame narrowly defeating a challenge from Glee: The Music - Season One - Volume 2.
The latter album made all the early running but a late rally delivered The Fame back to the chart summit for the third time. Its sales of 45,025 (versus Glee Volume 2's 43,407) obviously include both the original album and the later Fame Monster repackage. The latter version of the album has dominated of late, especially as it is the only version to contain Bad Romance and Telephone but the original increased sales more than a hundredfold last week, and accounted for 39.66% of the album's overall sales - possibly because it is now being widely discounted, with HMV, for example, pricing it at £3.99 online, with free delivery.
Although it is likely to receive a major boost from their ITV tribute to Stephen Gately, which was screened last night (Sunday) Boyzone's Brother dips 1-3 this week (38,655 sales), while Gorillaz's Plastic Beach dips 2-4 (25,547 sales).
In a week of few distinguished debuts the only other album to sell enough copies to secure a Top 20 place is Sweet 7, the first from Sugababes' latest line-up - Heidi, Amelle and Jade - which has already spawned three Top 10 singles but struggles to debut at number 14 (11,234 sales).
Sugababes' seventh regular album - they also issued the compilation Overloaded - it is their lowest charting set since 2000 debut One Touch, which debuted at number 77, peaked 20 weeks later at number 26, and featured an entirely different line-up of Keisha, Mutya and Siobhan. Total sales of albums bearing Sugababes' brand stood at 4,210,025 before the latest release, while their 26 hit singles have sold 3,707,399 copies.
Overall sales dive 30.7% to 1,794,529 - their lowest level for 26 weeks, and 25.92% below sales of 2,422,144 in the same week in 2009, which crucially included the trading period immediately prior to Mother's Day, rather than the one after it.
On the singles chart 58,563 buyers were sufficiently engaged by Telephone last week for it to ring up a 12-1 leap in the chart to provide Lady GaGa with her fourth number one single and Beyonce her sixth.
The track, which was recorded for GaGa's Fame Monster album, debuted at number 30 last December, and tops the chart on its 17th week in the Top 200, its 15th in the Top 75, its eighth in the Top 40 and its first in the Top 10.
It was produced by Rodney Jerkins, who also co-wrote the track with GaGa, Beyonce, LaShawn Daniels and Lazonate Franklin. It's the third number one hit written by Jerkins, who also helped to pen The Spice Girls' 2000 double-header Holler/Let Love Lead The Way, and Beyonce & Jay-Z's 2006 success Deja Vu.
GaGa and Beyonce have each had a hand in writing all of their number one hits. Telephone has proved a great deal more successful than the dynamic duo's other collaboration, Video Phone, which was billed as being by Beyonce feat. Lady GaGa, and peaked at number 58 and has sold 50,139 copies.
Ahead of Telephone throughout the week, and seemingly on schedule for its third week at number one, Tinie Tempah's Pass Out was eventually eclipsed and dips to number two (57,168 sales). Rihanna's Rude Boy also slips, falling 2-3 (45,716 sales). It is a fall which seems to spell the end its chances of being her fourth number one, dooming it instead to be her sixth number two hit.
Singles sales overall are down 0.89% week-on-week to 2,631,148 - 5.62% above same week 2009 sales of 2,491,164.