JLS and Kylie top charts

JLS and Kylie top charts

JLS top the singles chart for the third time with The Club Is Alive, while pop goddess Kylie secures her fifth number one album with Aphrodite, which debuts with solid first week sales of 79,152 to dislodge Eminem's Recovery.

Debuting 22 years to the week after her first album, Aphrodite is Minogue's 18th charted album, including live and hits sets. Its sales are down 3.91% on her last studio album, X, which opened and peaked at number four on sales of 82,370 in 2007. Her last number one album, Fever, got off to a much better start in 2001, with first week sales of 139,075.

Although only 42, Minogue is the first female solo star ever to have number one albums in four different decades, scoring in the 1980s with Kylie - The Album (1988) and Enjoy Yourself (1989), in the 1990s with Greatest Hits (1992), in the 2000s with Fever (2001) and in the 2010s with Aphrodite.

Her span of number one albums, at 22 years, is however, less than Madonna, whose 11 albums have accrued over a period of 25 years (1984-2009) and Barbra Streisand, who scored the last of her six number ones 32 years after the first (1977-2009). Another female solo star with five number ones - Celine Dion - racked up hers in a modest seven-year span, between 1995 and 2002.

Despite being relegated to number two by Aphrodite's arrival, Eminem's Recovery is still too strong for the chasing pack, and sold a further 51,370 copies last week.

Meanwhile, with its third hit single Prayin' improving 36-24 (12,414 sales), Plan B's second album The Defamation Of Strickland Banks climbs for the fourth week in a row.

The album, which debuted at number one in April, has climbed 14-9-7-4-3 in the last month. It sold 23,352 copies last week, to lift its 13-week career tally to 360,870 - higher than any other 2010 album release, though six 2009 albums have sold more copies thus far this year.

Plan B's last single, She Said, is the year's ninth biggest hit. The single, which spent four weeks at number three, dips 27-29 on its 15th week on the chart, with sales of 10,257 lifting its career tally to 409,726.

After debuting at number two last week, Scissor Sisters' Night Work tumbles to number four (20,680 sales).

While first single I Like It suffers a 4-6 dip (44,614 sales) on its second week in the chart, Enrique Iglesias' new album Euphoria debuts at number six (20,066 sales), providing his fourth Top 10 success from five releases.

By far the biggest vocal aggregation to chart yet, Rock Choir enter at number 19 (7,680 sales) with Volume 1. The Guildford-based outfit - whose album includes ensemble versions of tracks like You Can't Hurry Love (Supremes), Walking On Broken Glass (Annie Lennox) and I Say A Little Prayer (Aretha Franklin) - has 4,500 members, of whom 1,000 reputedly sung on the album.

Also new to the Top 40 this week: Renegades by Feeder (number 16, 8,729 sales), Sky At Night by I Am Kloot (number 24, 6,161 sales) and Cherry Ghost's Beneath This Burning Shoreline (number 40, 4,407 sales).

Renegades is the first of two albums by Feeder scheduled for this year, and launches their own Big Teeth label. Their first release since Silent Cry debuted at number eight on sales of 16,029 two years ago, it's their ninth chart album, six of which have made the Top 10.

Feeder's former Echo labelmates I Am Kloot reached number 68 with their self-titled 2003 album, and number 74 with 2005's Gods And Monsters.

Sky At Night far exceeds those peaks, and is their first album for EMI-distributed Shepherd Moon. Bolton band Cherry Ghost's only previous album, Thirst For Romance, reached number seven in 2007, and has so far sold more than 75,000 copies.

Album sales are down 1.54% week-on-week at 1,874,509 and are 14.40% below same week 2009 sales of 2,189,781.

JLS top the singles chart for the third time in less than a year, with The Club Is Alive - the introductory single from their upcoming second album, making a convincing debut at the summit on sales of 84,283 copies.

The band's self-titled debut album has sold 1,161,777 copies since its release last November, and houses their back-to-back chart-toppers Beat Again and Everybody In Love, and the number six hit One Shot. Beat Again has sold 509,153 copies, Everybody In Love 403,258 and One Shot 302,493.

The Club Is Alive is based loosely on The Sound Of Music, as written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II in 1959.

Two of the three other songs to debut on the Top 20 this week are also based on oldies: We No Speak Americano by Yolanda Be Cool Vs, D Cup (number five, 55,687 sales) is based on 1956 song Tu Vuo Fa Americano, written by Renato Carasone and Nisa, and Eliza Doolittle's Pack Up (number 12, 31,065 sales) interpolates World War One hit Pack Up Your Troubles (In Your Old Kit Bag), which dates from 1915.

Yolanda Be Cool's single was evidently brought forward from July 18 to combat the soundalike success of Marco Calliarai's cover, which dips 26-63 (3,780 sales) as a result. Eliza Doolittle's hit - her second - includes uncredited male vocals from Lloyd Wade, who made it through to the finals of The X Factor in 2004.

Also new to the Top 20 this week is My First Kiss by 3OH!3 feat. Ke$ha (number seven, 38,819 sales). The track flips the credit of the two acts' last single Blah Blah Blah, which reached number 11 in February. 3OH!3 also collaborated with Katy Perry for the number three hit Starstrukk.

Perry's follow-up to that, California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg) dips 1-2 this week, on sales of 72,065 copies. Also down but still increasing sales, Airplane soars 30.1% (71,372 sales) but slips 2-3 for B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams.

Owl City's debut hit, Fireflies, entered the chart at number 50 in the very first week of 2010 and slips out of the Top 75 for the first time this week, ebbing 73-80.

However, the track - which was number one for three weeks in January - moves to the top of the year to date rankings for the first time. Sales last week of 2,689 increase its 27 week tally to 620,081, exactly 100 more than Helping Haiti's Everybody Hurts.

Despite Fireflies' huge success, follow-up Umbrella Beach was a huge disappointment - it climbed as high as number six on the airplay chart but only number 110 on the OCC sales chart. It has fared even worse than Vanilla Twilight - the US follow-up which wasn't officially a single here but reached number 94 in February, nevertheless. Album Ocean Eyes - home to all three songs - debuted and peaked at number seven in February, and has thus far sold 99,833 copies.

Overall singles sales, at 2,835,780, are up 4.85% week-on-week at their highest level for 14 weeks, and are 8.12% above same week 2009 sales of 2,622,834.


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