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Pink leads raft of new entries in buoyant albums charts

Pink leads raft of new entries in buoyant albums charts

In the same week last year, some 2,402,223 albums were sold, with the Eagles' Long Road Out Of Eden taking pole position on sales of 134,080 copies.

Leading the influx, Pink's fifth album Funhouse capitalises on the recent number one success of introductory single So What to provide her with her first number one, on first-week sales of 112,420.

Pink's fourth album, I'm Not Dead, debuted at number three on first week sales of 39,892 in 2006. Try This, opened at number three in 2003, with first week sales of 61,526. 2002 album Missundaztood opened at number four on sales of 21,846 and her 2000 debut album Can't Take Me Home debuted at number 75 on sales of 1,836 and remained there for a further two weeks before eventually climbing as high as number 13.

The success of Pink's album denies Snow Patrol of a second straight number one album - after making their breakthrough with 2003's The Final Straw, which sold 1,617,813 copies and reached number three, they upped their game with Eyes Open, which debuted at number one on sales of 126,809 copies in 2006, and has thus far sold 2,171,018 copies.

Their latest set, A Hundred Million Suns, arrives on sales of 100,330 to claim runners-up slot.

Meanwhile, last week's chart champs AC/DC skid 1-3 with Black Ice, which suffers a second week decline of 59.3% to 45,152 sales.

Celine Dion has five number one albums to her credit but the Canadian songstress' new compilation, My Love: The Essential Collection enters at number 5 on sales of 42,411 copies. Dion's previous best of set, All The Way - A Decade Of Song opened at number one in 1999, on sales of 74,681 copies.

It is one of five Dion albums to sell more than 1m copies in the UK contributing 1,318,223 to a career UK album sales tally of 9,097,723 for Dion.

Among other notable new arrivals, Bloc Party's third album, Intimacy, snares eighth slot on sales of 26,916; The Saturdays' debut album Chasing Lights capitalises on the Top 10 success of their first two singles to enter at number 11 on sales of 22,393; and Anastacia's Heavy Rotation finds 15,739 buyers to perch at number 17.

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