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Last Updated: Sunday March 19 2006 18:51 GMT

Classical artists hit album chart

Andrea Bocelli is one of three tenors in the top 10 of the album chart.
Andrea Bocelli is action
It's not so much Chico time but classical time with three different tenors making it into the top 10 of the album chart.

Newcomer Vittorio Grigolo sold more than 30,000 copies of his debut album in a week - higher than any solo classical artist in history.

Russell Watson's album was a new entry at number two, while fellow tenor Andrea Bocelli's is at number five.

Chico slid to number two in the singles chart with Orson taking top spot.

Vittorio Grigolo's album, In the Hands of Love, went in at number six of the album chart this week, ahead of glam outfit Placebo with Meds.

HMV's Gennaro Castaldo said: "Classical music is always popular, but sometimes you need a new generation of artists to make that all-important connection with the wider record-buying public."


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Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour's On an Island slipped from last week's one to this week's number four in the album chart.

Corinne Bailey Rae's collection of soulful tunes rose one place to claim the top spot in the album chart, but her single - Put Your Records On - was a non-mover at number five.

Girls Aloud was the only new entry of the top 10 single chart, as Whole Lotta History went in at number six.

Sugababes slipped three to seven with Red Dress, while rapper Kanye West fell two to eight with Touch the Sky.

Also falling two places were two former singles chart number ones: Madonna is now at nine with Sorry, while Meck, featuring bubble-haired popster Leo Sayer, is at 10 with Thunder in My Heart Again.

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