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James Blunt records the biggest selling album of decade

James Blunt
Blunt's Back to Bedlam was released in 2005

James Blunt's Back to Bedlam has been revealed as the biggest selling album of the decade.

Dido's No Angel was the second most popular, while her album Life For Rent also made the top 10, according to the Official Charts Company.

The most recent album to make the top 10 was X Factor winner Leona Lewis, whose 2007 album Spirit was at four.

In the US, The Beatles compilation album 1 was the top seller, while landing at number six in the UK chart.

1. James Blunt - Back to Bedlam (2005)
2. Dido - No Angels (2000)
3. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black (2006)
4. Leona Lewis - Spirit (2007)
5. David Gray - White Ladder (2000)
Source: Official Charts Company

They were the only UK band to feature in the American top 10, while the UK's chart was also dominated by home-grown artists.

US disco group Scissor Sisters were the only foreign act to make a dent in the UK chart, with their eponymous debut album at number nine.

Amy Winehouse's 2006 album Back to Black was at number three in the chart.

A long-awaited follow-up has been been hindered by her personal problems, but her record label bosses are hopeful it will appear in 2010.

David Gray's White Ladder, released in 2000, made up the top 5 UK best-selling albums of the decade.

In the US, boy band N'Sync's No Strings Attached was the second biggest seller of the past 10 years, followed by Norah Jones's Come Away With Me, according to Billboard.

Rapper Eminem scored two top five bestsellers. The Marshall Mathers album of 2000, was at four, while the 2002 follow-up, The Eminem Show, was at five.

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