A week after falling to their lowest level for nearly four years, album sales improved by 45.8% last week, buoyed by the release of Keane's second album, the approach of Father's Day and slightly less stifling temperatures, writes Alan Jones.
Overall album sales reached 2,964,634, their second highest level of the year. The only time they were higher - at 3,550,059 - was 12 weeks ago in the seven days trading immediately prior to Mother's Day. Father's Day fell in the same week last year generating sales of 3,284,529 - 10.8% higher than they were last week.
The new number one artist album, Keane's Under The Iron Sea ,sold more copies last week than any album in any week this year, except for The Arctic Monkeys' Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, which debuted in pole position 19 weeks ago on sales of 363,735.
Two years after their debut album Hopes And Fears entered the chart at number one on sales of 155,373, Under The Iron Sea enjoys a 43% better first frame, debuting in pole position, with sales of 222,297 copies. Hopes And Fears' first 22 weeks in the chart were spent in the Top 10, and it's the eighth biggest album of the 21st century, with sales to date of 2,441,600. It reached number 41 last week - its highest placing for 40 weeks - but mow dips to number 47.
Remaining at number one on the singles chart with Maneater on sales of 42,859 - 12% down week-on-week - Nelly Furtado debuts at number five on the album chart with sales of 33,262 for Loose. Her third album, it instantly eclipses predecessor Folklore, which debuted at number 62 in 2003 and eventually peaked at number 11. The 27 year old Canadian's first album, Whoa Nelly, released in 2001, debuted at number nine and eventually reached number two, selling 618,687 copies. Folklore has sold 230,240 copies.
First single Not Ready To Make Nice peaked at number 70 last week but The Dixie Chicks' latest album Taking The Long Way fares much better, debuting at number 12 on sales of 25,782. Their third number one album in America, it's the Dixie Chicks' first Top 20 album here. Their last, Home, reached number 33 in 2003 and has sold 124,463 copies, while 1998's Wide Open Spaces is their highest charting and biggest selling album, reaching number 26 and selling 145,880 copies. Fly, number 38 in 1999, sold 80,010 copies.
Paul Weller registers the 39th chart album of his career - counting albums with The Jam and Style Council - debuting at number 17 with Catch: Flame, on sales of 20,189. A double disc live set with songs from throughout Weller's career, including A Town Called Malice, Long Hot Summer and Wishing On A Star, it's his second concert recordings album as a solo artist, following 1994's Live Wood, which reached number 10. Weller's last studio album, As Is Now, reached number four last October, and has so far sold 147,386 copies.
Former Blue star Duncan James' debut solo album Future Past is off to a poor start, debuting at number 55 on sales of 5,338. It follows the weak showing of introductory single Sooner Or Later, which peaked at number 35 last week. James' former colleagues in Blue, Simon Webbe and Lee Ryan, reached number seven and number six, respectively, with their 2005 debut albums, while fourth member Antony Costa releases his first album, Heart Full Of Soul, next month.
Artist albums sold 2,234,976 copies last week, increasing 44.2% week-on-week while the compilation sector improved 50.9% to 729,658 units. Its 24.6% share of the market was its highest for 45 weeks, although the number one compilation Dad Rocks sold a fairly modest 47,986 copies compared to the 99,031 copies it sold when it first topped the chart exactly a year ago.
Only six of the Top 40 artist albums sold fewer copies last week than the week before. One of the best performers, The Eagles' 2003 compilation Complete Greatest Hits - helped by the band's UK tour as well as Father's Day gift buying - soared 261% to 26,922 sales and makes the Top 10 for the first time, jumping 28-9.
Singles sales were down 3% week-on-week at 1,151,666, with the week's seventh biggest seller (Crazy by Gnarls Barkley, which sold 14,412 copies) being excluded from the chart under the latest regulations, having been deleted for two weeks. Number five last week, it now becomes the highest placed single ever to disappear from the Top 75 the following week but since its disappearance is wholly contrived, further discussion of its nearest precedents would be meaningless.
Meanwhile, Danish duo Infernal's From Paris To Berlin, which replaces Crazy as the Top 10's longest running hit, having moved 34-4-3-4-3-2-3-4-6-6, climbs into second place behind Crazy in the year-to-date chart, with sales of 225,476., including 17,084 last week.
Three months shy of their 20th anniversary as a Top 40 act, Bon Jovi register the week's highest debut, entering at number five with Who Says You Can't Go Home on sales of 18,275. Only three of their previous 33 hits charted higher. The third single from Bon Jovi's current album Have A Nice Day, it eclipses both the title track, which reached number six and Welcome To Wherever You Are (number 19). The album, number two last September, re-entered the chart last month, and has since moved 180-91-53-52 the latter position being its highest this year.
Adopted by Virgin Radio as its official World Cup Anthem, Hurry Up England by Sham 69 & The Special Assembly roars onto the chart at number 10 on sales of 10,189. Featuring original Sham 69 leader Jimmy Pursey and former Blur man Graham Coxon, the track is an adaptation of Sham 69's 1978 hit Hurry Up Harry, (which also reached number 10) and benefits the Teenage Cancer trust. It provides Pursey, now 51, with his first chart appearance since 1980, when Sham 69's Tell The Children peaked at number 45.
Used in the Nike Soca Bonito TV advert featuring Brazil's World Cup team, Sergio Mendes' new recording of Mas Que Nada with Black Eyed Peas debuts at number 29 on sales of 4,659. It's 23 years since 65 year old Mendes' only previous singles chart appearance (at number 49) with Never Gonna Let You Go. Fellow Brazilian Jorge Ben wrote Mas Que Nada, which Mendes first recorded in 1966. The song previously charted in 1998 for Echobeatz, Tamba Trio and Ronaldo's Revenge (as Mas Que Mancada) and in 2001 for Colour Girl.
Number one in America on Billboard's Hot 100 for the last fortnight, Hips Don't Lie by Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean has also topped the charts in France, Italy, Germany and Holland, and explodes 54-3 in the UK this week on sales of 29,987. The song - to be added to a new version of Shakira's second English language album, Oral Fixation Volume 2 from today (19th) - is a partial remake of Jean's Dance Like This, and will get a further boost when performed at the World Cup closing ceremony next month.
Peaking at number 15 when first released nearly two years ago, Armand Van Helden's MyMyMy beats that peak this week, jumping 52-12 in new mixes. The American DJ has had eight different hits in the UK as an artist since 1997, including his 1999 number one You Don't Know Me. MyMyMy sold 9,375 copies last week, compared to the 7,453 copies that attended its original number 15 debut in September 2004. It was a slow fader, however, and eventually went on to sell 68,081 copies.
Number four in 1996, They Don't Care About Us is the 17th of Michael Jackson's 2006 dualdisc reissues, debuting this week at number 26., on sales of 5,316.
The first 16 singles in the series, and their chart peaks: Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, which reached number 17, Rock With You (number 15), Billie Jean (number 11), Beat It (number 15), Bad (number 16), The Way You Make Me Feel (number 17), Dirty Diana (number 17) and Smooth Criminal (number 19), Leave Me Alone (number 15), Black Or White (number 18), Remember The Time (number 22), In The Closet (number 20). Jam (number 22), Heal The World (number 27), You Are Not Alone (number 30) and Earth Song (number 34). Next up, Stranger In Moscow is out today.