Kooks top albums chart with first week sales of 65,901

Kooks top albums chart with first week sales of 65,901

The Brighton band's 2006 debut album Inside In/Inside Out eventually spawned six Top 40 hits, and has sold 1,301,717 copies to date but it debuted much more quietly at number nine with first week sales of 19,098 and fell as far as number 61 before eventually peaking for a fortnight at number two behind Muse's Black Holes & Revelations.

Leona Lewis' success in America - where she became the first British female solo artist ever to simultaneously top the singles and albums charts - generated a great deal of coverage here last week, with the result that her debut album Spirit increased its sales week-on-week by 99.88% to 36,179, earning it a 5-2 leap. It's the highest position that Spirit has held since it completed its seven week run at number one some 16 weeks ago. Overall sales of the album now stand at 1,827,271.

Debuting at number 3 on sales of 34,769, E=MC? is Mariah Carey's highest charting album since 1997, when Butterfly fluttered to number two on first week sales of 28,758. The new album - from which introductory single Touch My Body reached number five last week - is Carey's third Def Jam effort, following 2002's Charmbracelet, which reached number 52, and 2005's The Emancipation Of Mimi. Despite Charmbracelet's low peak, it has sold 122,010, easily beating disastrous predecessor, Glitter, Carey's only (2001) Virgin album, which reached number 10 but has sold only 54,645 copies. The Emancipation Of Mimi has sold 621,352 copies.

The Kooks' Konk album registered the highest artist album sale for four weeks last week, helping sales in the sector to a 1.5% improvement to 1,498,781. Despite another strong contribution from the AATW/Universal album Clubland Classic: The Album Of Your Life, the compilation sector dipped by 4.2% to 517,623, helping to drag overall album sales 0.46% lower at 2,016,404. That's 2.31% up on the same week in 2007, when 1,970,836 albums were sold.

Madonna scores her 13th number one in total and her fifth of the 21st century, as 4 Minutes - her collaboration with Justin Timberlake - climbs to the summit on sales of 40,634. The track, due for physical release today (21st), dethrones Estelle and KanYe West's American Boy, which slips to number two on sales of 33,728 after four weeks in pole position.

4 Minutes has spent longer in the chart before reaching the top than any of Madonna's 61 previous hits, beating the four weeks that La Isla Bonita took to reach the summit in 1985. One of Madonna's singles took three weeks to reach the top, and six of them took a fortnight. No Madonna single entered at number one until 2000, since when all five of her chart-toppers prior to 4 Minutes did so.

Madonna now trails only Elvis Presley, The Beatles (collectively and individually), Cliff Richard and Westlife in career haul of number ones. Her span of number ones, from 1985's Into The Groove to 4 Minutes, is more than 23 years, the longest of any female solo artist.

Sam Sparro's Black & Gold slips 2-3, despite increasing sales by 8.5% week-on-week to 30,774 - the second highest level for a number three placing thus far in 2008.

Madonna has had only two duets among her 62 hits to date, and her chart-topping duet with Justin Timberlake comes more than four years after she partnered his former girlfriend Britney Spears for the number two hit, Me Against the Music. Meanwhile, Spears' 21st chart single, Break The Ice, moves only 23-15 on sales of 9,961, following physical release. Unless it can conjure up an unexpected leap next week, it will be only Spears' third single to miss the Top 10, and her lowest charting hit, replacing I Love Rock 'n' Roll (number 13, 2002).


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