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Singer Blunt retains chart double
James Blunt
James Blunt has also topped the UK album chart with Back To Bedlam
Singer James Blunt has maintained his position at the top of both the singles and album chart in the UK.

The musician's song You're Beautiful remained at number one for a second week, extending his stretch in the hit parade to eight weeks.

His album Back To Bedlam fended off the challenge of Michael Jackson's The Essential, which landed at number two.

It was the artist's first major musical release since being acquitted of child abuse charges in June.

Nominees

Blunt's closest rival in the singles chart was Blue vocalist Lee Ryan's solo debut, Army Of Lovers, which made its debut at number three.

UK TOP 10 SINGLES
1 James Blunt - You're Beautiful
2 Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
3 Lee Ryan - Army Of Lovers
4 Tupac feat Elton John - Ghetto Gospel
5 Daddy Yankee - Gasolina
6 Paul Weller - From The Floorboards Up
7 Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone
8 Charlotte Church - Crazy Chick
9 MVP - Rock Ya Body
10 Axel F - Crazy Frog
Source: Official UK Charts Company

Other new entries inside the top 10 came from Daddy Yankee and veteran singer Paul Weller, whose track From The Floorboards Up was new at number six.

Mercury Music Prize nominees Bloc Party and Maximo Park also went into the top 20 with new single releases.

In the album chart, the only other new entry inside the top 10 was from American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson with Breakaway.

Other albums to register a lift in sales during the last week included Gorillaz, Queen's Live At Wembley Stadium 1989 and singer-songwriter Stephen Fretwell, whose album Magpie climbed from 112 to 34.





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