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Last Updated: Sunday, 17 August, 2003, 17:59 GMT 18:59 UK
Cassidy returns to number one
Eva Cassidy's American Tune album cover
Cassidy's American Tune knocked Robbie Williams off the top spot
A collection of rediscovered Eva Cassidy recordings has gone straight to the top of the UK album chart almost seven years after the singer died.

Cassidy, who struggled to find an audience while she was alive, has now had three UK number one albums since her death in 1996.

The latest, American Tune, is a mixture of live recordings, a studio demo and songs from rehearsal tapes found by guitarist Keith Grimes.

It knocked last week's number one, Robbie Williams' Escapology, off the top spot on Sunday.

UK TOP FIVE ALBUMS
1. Eva Cassidy - American Tune
2. Robbie Williams - Escapology
3. Daniel Bedingfield - Gotta Get Thru This
4. Sean Paul - Dutty Rock
5. The Coral - Magic and Medicine
Cassidy died of skin cancer aged 33, but her music only began to build a large fan base after being played by Terry Wogan on BBC Radio 2 two years later.

Her albums Songbird and Imagine later topped the charts after fans were won over by her interpretations of classic songs.

But critics have said American Tune - which includes versions of tracks like Yesterday and True Colours - is not up to its predecessors' standards.

In the singles chart, Blu Cantrell's collaboration with Jamaican dancehall star Sean Paul stayed at number one for a third week.

The highest new entry was boy band Busted's Sleeping with the Lights On at number three, followed at four by Jamieson's Complete.


SEE ALSO:
Songbird still soaring high
20 Aug 02  |  Entertainment
Cassidy's Songbird tops the charts
19 Mar 01  |  Entertainment
Eva Cassidy: Bitter-sweet songbird
03 Mar 01  |  UK News


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