While the singles chart title changes hands again after a 10-week freeze, the artist album chart has its first repeat champion for eight weeks, writes Alan Jones, as Paul Potts completes an easy second week at number one with his debut album One Chance.
Ineligible for the classical chart, as too many of its tracks are not classical repertoire, it's the first classical crossover set to be number one for two weeks in a row since the London Stage Cast version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom Of The Opera in 1987.
While Potts' sales of 75,494 were more than three times as many as artist chart runner-up Timbaland's 22,136, they were only a third of the 226,630 sales logged by Now! 67 as it debuted atop the compilation chart. Now! 67's release sparked a 53% expansion in the compilation market to 707,671, helping overall album sales to improve 7.9% to 2,317,896. Its sales were the second highest in a week by any album this year, trailing predecessor Now! 66's introductory tally of 288,579 16 weeks ago. Now! 67's start is also significantly down on the 278,795 copies its 2006 equivalent Now! 64 sold on its debut a year ago this week.
Home to three Top 10 singles, Mika's Life In cartoon Motion continues its resurgence, climbing 4-3 on sales of 18,336; The Kings Of Leon also continue their upwards progress with Because Of The Times up 7-4 on sales of 17,084; and The Traveling Wilburys' Collection compilation remains in the top five for the seventh week in a row on sales of 16,618.
With a fourth single about to drop, Amy Winehouse's Back To Black climbs 8-6 on sales of 14,767, while her friend and sometime producer Mark Ronson's Version is up 12-7 on sales of 14,686.
Take That's Never Forget continues to command a Top 10 place, moving 9-8 on sales of 14,270.
Coventry band The Enemy suffer the biggest fall-off of any album in the Top 40, with sales of their debut disc We'll Live And Die In These Towns ebbing 35% to 13,919, and falling 2-9.
Tell Me Where It Hurts, the only new track on Garbage's hits compilation, peaked at number 50 but the album itself fares much better, debuting at number 11 on sales of 13,372. Aiming to become the band's fifth Top 10 album, it must be fancied to beat the sales of its immediate predecessor, Bleed Like Me. Garbage albums have suffered a spiralling decline in sales thus far with their self-titled 1995 debut selling 696,865 copies, followed by Version 2.0 (1998, 576,705 sales), Beautiful Garbage (2001, 121,397), and Bleed Like Me (2005, 84,339).
Teenagers is the fourth Top 20 single from My Chemical Romance's current album, The Black Parade, and continues its slow decline, falling 9-10-12 in the last fortnight. Meanwhile, the album, which debuted and peaked at number two last November, is in the middle of a strong resurgence, and has climbed for four weeks in a row, moving 68-52-44-36-23. Already MCR's biggest seller, it sold a further 6,822 copies last week to take its overall tally to 432,632. Its current chart placing is its highest for 15 weeks.
Canadian rockers Sum 41 hit the ground running with their first full length album, All Killer, No Filler, which generated a trio of hit singles, and climbed to number seven, selling 534,797 copies. They haven't managed to match that since, and their last album, Chuck, performed disappointingly, peaking at number 59, selling 32,393 copies and spawning no singles at all. Their new set, Underclass Hero, fares better, debuting this week at number 45 on sales of 4,840, and should benefit from the release of the title track as a single this week.
Despite excellent radio support, particularly from Radio Two and Xfm, Irish band The Thrills' new single Nothing Changes Round Here peaked at number 40 last week. It's the first single from the band's third album Teenager, which also makes a subdued debut, entering at number 48 on sales of 4,781. The band's 2003 debut So Much For The City had first week sales of 49,760 and debuted and peaked at number three, while 2004 follow-up Let's Bottle Bohemia had first week sales of 25,938 for a debut/peak of number nine.
Singles sales improved 3% last week to 1,438,556, the small movement in the market not betraying the fact that all of the top three sold more copies than Rihanna's Umbrella did when number one last week.
In a very close battle for pole position, Timbaland's The Way I Are triumphed, registering just 16 sales more than Kate Nash's Foundations, with Umbrella well beaten in third place.
Timbaland co-wrote and co-produced maiden number one singles for Nelly Furtado (Maneater) and Justin Timberlake (SexyBack) last year, and the pair showed their appreciation by adding their vocals to Give It To Me, which gave Timbaland his first number one as a credited artist in April. Timbaland now returns to number one with The Way I Are on sales of 33,578, this time with assists from D.O.E. and Keri Hilson. Both singles are from Timbaland's Shock Value album, which vaults to a new peak this week, jumping 5-2 on sales of 22,136.
The physical release of The Way I Are helped it to increase sales by 66.8% week-on-week, and beat the 27,891 copies predecessor Give It To Me sold when it was number one 14 weeks ago. The latter track's ongoing 17 week chart residency has thus far generated sales of 203,820 - the year's 11th biggest tally.
Nash has now been number two four times in five weeks with Foundations, which enjoyed a 52.5% expansion in sales last week, and scored the second highest tally for a number two this year, trailing only the 40,471 copies Avril Lavigne's Girlfriend sold when runner-up 15 weeks ago.
The reign is over for the soundtrack to a sodden summer: Rihanna's Umbrella, retreats 1-3 despite sales increasing 2.3% to 22,645. Rihanna thus equals but fails to beat the all-time female record of 10 weeks at number one set by Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You in 1992/3. Umbrella's retreat coincides with a 65-18 leap for follow-up Shut Up And Drive, which sold 5,526 copies last week. Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad album ends a six week run of descending sales, improving by 1.1% to 13,597 sales as it rebounds 11-10.
Foundations is the highest ranked of five static singles in the Top 10: Fergie's Big Girls Don't Cry remains at number four on sales of 17,922; Enrique Iglesias reprises at number five on sales of 16,314; The Hoosiers continue to be Worried About Ray at number six with 12,442 sales; and Avril Lavigne's When You're Gone is neither coming nor going, remaining at number seven on sales of 11,635.
The first of three new arrivals in the Top 10, Groove Armada's Song For Mutya featuring the (uncredited) former Sugababes star Mutya Buena advances 13-8 with a solid 81.5% increase in sales, while Mika's third Top 10 hit is Big Girl (You Are Beautiful), which moves 14-9 on a similar 81.6% leap to 10,731 sales.
Shooting for their fourth straight number two single, The Manic Street Preachers fall short with Autumnsong, which debuts at number 10 on sales of 9,764, and is unlikely to climb higher, having been fully released physically and on download. It's the second single from the band's current album Send Away The Tigers, following Your Love Alone Is Not Enough (number two in May), and helps to spark a 33.6% increase in sales of the album to 3,289, as it moves 80-62, while increasing its 12-week sales tally to more than 100,000.
His first band was a Green Day covers band but now Newton Faulkner takes on and beats his former heroes, debuting at number 16 with his debut hit Dream Catch Me (7,212 sales) three notches ahead of Green Day's cover of The Simpsons' Theme. 22 year old singer/songwriter Faulkner, from Surrey, releases his debut album Hand Built By Robots tomorrow (July 30). It also contains his previous single I Need Something, which peaked at number 107 in May. Dream Catch Me's high debut was helped by10 plays from Radio One and nine from Radio Two last week.
Finally to Green Day themselves: Their energetic re-working of The Simpsons' theme tune features, along with cartoons of the band itself, feature in the yellow family's first film, The Simpsons Movie, and provides the band with their 20th hit, debuting at number 19 on sales of 5,362 downloads. Even with a five second vocal stanza from the original TV theme bolted to the start, it runs a mere 81 seconds, and thus becomes the second shortest hit single ever, though it is fully six seconds longer than the lead track from Nukleuz DJ's DJ Nation: Bootleg Edition Mix, which ran for 75 seconds and reached number 33 in 2003. It also included full length versions of all six tracks in the medley, among them The Curse Of Voodoo Ray by The Edison Factor, Slave To The Rhythm by PPK and Sunshine On A Rainy Day by Ed Real & Mark Richardson.
The 99p it costs to download The Simpsons Theme seems like small (Duff's?) beer but on a pence per second basis it works out at 1.22. On the same pence per second basis, a dance single with 40 minutes of mixes would have a download price of £29.33!