White Stripes top albums chart

With the Father's Day effect working its way out of the figures, album sales dipped again last week, falling 22.5% to 2,126,524, writes Alan Jones.

Many albums whose marketing targeted the day saw big declines. The Who's compilation Now And Then, which debuted at number five in 2004 but had been absent from the Top 10 ever since, made a sparkling re-entry to the chart last week at number nine but now falls back to number 30 on sales of 7,304, while The Clash's reactivated 1991 compilation The Singles takes a dive from its re-entry position (number 13) to number 37, on sales of 6,027.

In sales terms, the biggest loser is The Traveling Wilburys' Collection compilation, which followed up its stellar first week tally of 110,130 sales with a more mundane 52,057, and consequently dips to number two, losing top billing on the chart to The White Stripes' Icky Thump.

Having secured their highest charting single to date with the title track of the album, which reached number two last week, The White Stripes were not to be denied their second number one album, and finished well ahead, with sales in the week of 66,249.

The White Stripes' previous number one album came in 2003, when Elephant debuted at the summit on sales of 64,191. Their 2005 follow-up, Get Behind Me Satan made an even better start, selling 70,631 copies on its first week in the shops but debuted and peaked lower at number three. It has subsequently sold 384,829 copies, whereas Elephant has sold 783,062.

Set up in 1989 as a dance imprint by Beggars Banquet, the XL Recordings label is 18 years old, and to mark its coming of age, The White Stripes' album is its seventh number one, a total which also includes four albums by The Prodigy, one by Basement Jaxx and The White Stipes' earlier effort Elephant.

While introductory single Do You Know continues at number three, Enrique Iglesias secures his second Top 10 album, debuting at number three with Insomniac, on sales of 27,174. The album thus improves of the debut and peak position of Igelsias's last album, 7, which climbed no higher than number 13 in 2003, though as a November release its first week sales, at 46,874, were significantly higher than Insomniac. Iglesias' 2001 album Escape remains by far his most successful, peaking at number one with sales of 57,746 in February 2002, and selling 1,454,019 copies to date. 

With consecutive Top 10 singles in Acceptable In The 80s and The Girls, Calvin Harris confirms his status as one of the hottest dance acts of the moment with his first album, I Created Disco, debuting at number eight on sales of 16,121. 23 year old Harris, from Dumfries, has surpassed the success of fellow Scot and solo dance demi-god Mylo who didn't make the Top 10 on either chart, though a number 26 peak didn't stop his Destroy Rock & Roll album from selling 268,269 copies - a tally Harris would surely like to emulate. 

Fray's debut single and album are both called How To Save A Life, both peaked at number four, and both passed the 250,000 sales mark last week. The single by the melodic rockers from Denver spent 11 weeks in the Top 10, and moves holds at number 28 this week on sales of 4,231 on its 23rd appearance in the Top 40. It is the fourth biggest selling single of 2007.

Meanwhile the album, which spent three weeks in the Top 10, rebounds 22-19 on its 19th week in the chart, with sales of 10,638.  The band's second single, Over My Head, peaked at number 19 last week, and is now right next to How To Save A Life in the chart, at number 27, having sold 4,612 copies last week.

Although released here in 2004, US singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne's debut album Trouble didn't take off in a big way until 2006. As a result, follow-up Till The Sun Turns Black - released four weeks after Trouble peaked at number five - was not given a major push, and peaked at number 73. But with sales of Trouble about to exceed 375,000, LaMontagne's record company, Universal, has started a TV push for Till The Sun Turns Black. As a result, the album, which had sold 43,000 copies since last September, returns at number 35 on sales of 6,891. 

Sometime on Wednesday June 13, Amy Winehouse's Back To Black became the 126th album to sell more than a million copies since the turn of the century. The 25th album on the list by a female solo artist, it debuted at number three on sales of 43,021 just 35 weeks ago, and fell as low as number 41 before radio support for Rehab turned it round.

Rehab duly raced to number seven on the singles chart, and sold 162,405 copies. The subsequent success of You Know I'm No Good (number 18, 53,272 sales) and the title track (number 25, 34,217 sales) have kept interest in the album at a high level - It spent three weeks at number one, and has been in the Top 10 continuously for the last 25 weeks.

Small wonder, then, that it's 2007's biggest seller by some distance, with sales so far this year of (737,948, leaving the year's second biggest seller, Take That's Beautiful World (579,479), trailing in its wake. Back To Black climbs 8-6 this week on sales of 21,518. Winehouse's 2003 debut Frank has sold 359,906 copies to date.

Launched five years ago this week, AATW/UMTV's enormously successful Clubland franchise secures its 11th number one on the compilation chart, as Clubland 11 debuts atop the chart with first week sales of 41,450. Nine of the 11 regular Clubland albums have topped the chart - exceptions Clubland 6 and Clubland 8 both peaked at number two. The first two Clubland Xtreme albums also reached number one. The series' total sales should exceed 4m by the end of the year.

While its all change at the top of both album charts, there's a familiar title holding on at the singles apex

Rihanna and Jay-Z's Umbrella sold a further 32,166 copies last week, and manages to hold off a challenge from Lee Mead (24,521 sales) to secure a sixth straight week at number one. The only singles to spend longer than Umbrella at number one in the 21st century are Gnarls Barkley's Crazy, number one for nine weeks last year, and Is This The Way To Amarillo, Tony Christie's seven week topped from 2005.

Rihanna and Jay-Z are now the longest-running number one female/male pairing since 1978, when Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta's Summer Nights topped for seven weeks.  Beating the five week mark of Mika's Grace Kelly to become the longest-running number one single of 2007, Umbrella is not yet the biggest seller, however, ranking sixth with sales to date of 252,854.

Taking five Top 20 singles off an album, once commonplace, is now a rarity - but Devon rockers Muse do it for the first time this week, debuting at number 18 with Map Of The Problematique, the latest single from Black Holes & Revelations, even though the track is available only as a download. The number one album has previously spawned Supermassive Black Hole (number four), Starlight (number 13), Knights Of Cydonia (number 10) and Invincible (number 21). The album has moved 173-166-82-68-81 in the last four weeks and has sold 639,363 copies, including 2,670 last week.

Take That's last six singles, including the two they have issued since reconvening after a 10 year absence, have all reached number one but their latest, I'd Wait For Life, will not extend the sequence. The track debuts at number 17 this week, on sales of 6,196 - a combination of downloads and CD sales - and seems certain to be their lowest charting single since Promises - their very first Top 40 hit - peaked at number 38 in 1991.

In mitigation, I'd Wait For Life's chances of success must have been severely harmed by the fact that parent album, Beautiful World, has sold 1,703,662 copies.

Pop's newest pensioner Paul McCartney turned 65 on Monday, and secures the 55th Top 40 hit of his post-Beatles career with Dance Tonight, which debuts at number 34 on sales of 3,891 downloads. The single is physically released today, and is in with an excellent chance of becoming his first Top 20 single since Young Boy reached number 19 a decade ago. Dance Tonight's popularity helps McCartney's new album Memory Almost Full, which has moved 5-10-13 thus far - a more stately retreat than last album Chaos & Creation's 10-34-70 decline.


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