Monday, July 18, 2005

Army veteran tops U.K. single, album charts

LONDON (Reuters) - Ex-British army officer James Blunt secured his first U.K. No. 1 single Sunday with his ballad "You're Beautiful," and logged a second week atop the albums chart, the Official UK Charts Company said.
Blunt, who was stationed in Kosovo with the army in 1999, had spent seven weeks in the charts with the track from his debut album "Back to Bedlam" before moving to the top spot.

The single forced "Ghetto Gospel" by dead American rapper 2Pac and Elton John to No. 2, and Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" to No. 3.

John's "Electricity" was one of two new entries in the top 10, bowing at No. 4. House track "Nasty Girl" by Inaya Day opened at No. 9.

Welsh soprano Charlotte Church's "Crazy Chick" dropped one place to No. 5. Her album, "Tissues and Issues," was the highest new entry on the albums chart, debuting at No. 5.

The first four albums were unchanged from last week: Blunt was followed by Coldplay's "X&Y," Faithless' "Forever Faithless," and Kaiser Chiefs' "Employment."


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