Sugababes achieve single and album double

Taking the gold, silver and bronze medal positions for the second week in a row, the Sugababes' Push The Button, Robbie Williams' Tripping and Pussycat Dolls' Don't Cha all suffer dips in sales - by 28.3%, 42.8% and 15%, respectively to 46,235, 27,789 and 20,640.

Coming closest to separating the trio, and providing the Top 10's only debuts are new singles from U2 and Friday Hill.

U2's new hit, All Because Of You, debuts at number four on sales of 19,034, enabling their latest album, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, to become only the second album by the band to spawn four top five singles, emulating their 2000 release All That You Can't Leave Behind.

Previous singles from the Atomic Bomb album, with first week sales and positions in brackets, are Vertigo (51,917, number one), Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own (30,359, number one) and City Of Blinding Lights (24,709, number two). U2 have had 36 Top 40 hits, 29 of them Top 10.

Friday Hill is no relation to either Faith or Fanny. In fact, it's a place in Chingford, and it's also the name of the latest hitmakers to emerge from the Essex town - a trio is made up of former Blazin' Squad members Kenzie, Mus and James. Their first single Baby Goodbye debuts at number five, after selling 13,878 copies. With their seven former colleagues in Blazin' Squad, the newly convened trio previously put together a string of six straight Top 10 hits but fell short of the Top 30 with both of their albums.

Debuting just outside the Top 10 are new singles from Feeder and Lee Ryan.

A double A-sided single pairing the previously unreleased Shatter with Tender, from their Pushing The Senses album, provides Feeder with their 17th Top 40 hit exactly eight years after their debut. Both tracks are in the upcoming movie, Nightwatch, and debut at number 11 with sales of 9,175. The Pushing The Senses album, which spawned three previous hit singles, debuted and peaked at number two in February and has sold 160,183 copies. It is expected to receive a further boost from Feeder's UK tour, which starts in Doncaster next month.

Former Blue star Lee Ryan's second solo single, Turn Your Car Around debuts at number 12 with sales of 8,400. Unless it improves, it will become the lowest charting single of his career. Of 13 previous hits Ryan has enjoyed, the least successful was Blue's 2003 Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours collaboration with Stevie Wonder and Angie Stone, which peaked at number 11. Ryan's first solo single Army Of Lovers achieved a number three debut in July with first week sales of 20,879. His eponymous solo album has sold 49,529 copies in 11 weeks but even the release of Turn Your Car Around can only earn it an unconvincing return to the album chart at number 181, with just 1,250 buyers in the last week.

The Sugababes' single's tenacity in topping the chart for the third week in a row is all the more impressive in view of the fact their fourth album, Taller In More Ways, was released last Monday and turns in a first week sale of 65,781 copies to replace Franz Ferdinand's You Could Have It So Much Better at the top of the LP listings.

While Push The Button is Sugababes' fourth number one single, Taller In More Ways is their first number one album. They're one of 12 girl groups to have a number one single, the sixth to have a number one album and the third - following the Spice Girls and Atomic Kitten - to top singles and albums charts simultaneously.

Taller In More Ways narrowly achieves the highest first week sales for a Sugababes album. Their previous albums One Touch, Angels With Dirty Faces and Three opened at 77, two and three respectively, with first week sales of 5,510, 64,772 and 63,118.

Taller In Many Ways is the 11th consecutive number one album by a UK act in a run stretching back 22 weeks. American Akon was the last outsider to intrude, topping the chart with Trouble in April.

On a slightly negative note, Taller In More Ways has a lower sale to debut at number one than any album since Steve Brookstein's ill-fated Heart And Soul 22 weeks ago, and contributes to an overall 9.2% decline in the albums market to 2,458,073 sales - its lowest level for four weeks.

In addition to the Sugababes' album, there are Top 10 debut for the latest releases from Paul Weller and Bryn Terfel and a previously released Mariah Carey album.

Paul Weller registers his 38th chart album - 26 of them Top 10 - with his new collection As Is Now. Heralded as "an artistic rejuvenation" and "Weller's best solo effort by far" in the music press, the album sold 43,094 copies last week to secure a number four debut. Weller's last album, Studio 150, a covers set, opened at number two with 52.335 sales in September 2004. As Is Now has already spawned the singles From The Floorboards Up (number six) and Come On, Let's Go (number 15).

Bryn Terfel's Simple Gifts album, which includes collaborations with Aled Jones, John Williams and Karl Jenkins, debuts at number 10 with 19,934 sales. It's the Welsh baritone's second straight Top 10 album, following Bryn, which debuted at number 12 with 22,288 sales nearly two years ago, and peaked at number six a fortnight later. It's the biggest selling of 17 Terfel albums to hit the marketplace so far, with a cumulative tally of 453,691 sales.

With current Def Jam album The Emancipation Of Mimi rekindling Mariah Carey's previously faltering career, former label Columbia have been TV advertising her 2001 Greatest Hits album, which performed miserably when first issued, peaking at number 46. Its doing much better now, debuting at number nine with sales of 21,027 to lift its cume to 179,406. Meanwhile, The Emancipation Of Mimi sold 12,755 copies last week, and leaps 27-16 to achieve its highest placing for 10 weeks. It has sold 369,628 copies since its release 28 weeks ago.

Aside from new entries, the best performance on the album chart comes from James Blunt's Back To Bedlam, which bounces 3-2 with sales up 13% to 48,605 - its best tally for six weeks Although current single High dips 16-20 on its second week in the chart, it is currently number two on the airplay chart, and providing extra impetus to Blunt's album, which was released exactly one year ago, and has now sold 1,526,072 copies.

Although they both have Top 10 albums to their credit, Ricky Martin and Liberty X both fall far short of the upper echelon with their new releases.

First single Song 4 Lovers has spent three weeks in the Top 10 and proved that Liberty X still have a sizeable singles following but the band's third album X - its first for Virgin - met with a great deal more resistance on its first week in the shops last week, selling just 9,791 copies to debut at number 27. Their first album, Thinking It Over, made a fine number three debut with 44,091 buyers in 2002, while follow-up Being Somebody tempted 24,120 buyers a year later to debut at number 12.

Resuming his career after a lengthy hiatus, Ricky Martin managed a creditable number 11 debut for new single I Don't Care last week but parent album Life struggles to a number 40 debut on the current chart, with sales of just 6,842. Martin's last new album, Sound Loaded, debuted at number 16 with 21,479 sales in 2000, while his eponymous 1999 breakthrough album started low and slow with 1,280 buyers and 107th position but peaked at number two just 10 weeks later, and went on to sell 538,303 copies.

Finally the lack of a chart-topping new single means that market cools by 9% week-on-week to 916,798. For the 16th week in a row, downloads account for the majority of sales, with 562,440 digital sales logged, and 354,358 physical sales. Compared to the overall singles market, downloads' share last week was 61.34%.


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