REM’s Accelerate Speeds To Top Of UK Album Chart

The band's first album in four years knocks Duffy off the top spot

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R.E.M. have sped to number one in the UK album’s chart today (April 6) with their fourteenth album ‘Accelerate’.

R.E.M.’s follow-up to 2004’s ‘Around The Sun’ has knocked soul newcomer Duffy from the the top after being at pole postion with her debut album ‘Rockferry’ for the past month.

The band were in the UK a fortnight ago to showcase their new songs at a special ICA show at the Royal Albert Hall (pictured above) which was broadcast live on Radio 2, as well as an iTunes fanclub show.


The only other new entry in the top 20 album’s chart this week is Gnarl’s Barkley second album ‘The Odd Couple’ which charted at 19.

The Black Keys acclaimed album ‘Attack & Release’ enters the chart at number 34.

Over on the UK single’s chart Estelle‘s collaboration with Kanye West, “American Boy” remains at number one for a third week.


The Kooks also score a top 10 single, with “Always Where I Need To Be” charting at number 3.

Meanwhile, Mariah Carey who last week broke Elvis Presley‘s US chart record with her 18th number one single, “Touch My Body”, charts in the UK at number six.

The UK Top 10 albums, week commencing April 6, 2008 are:

1 REM – ‘Accelerate’

2 Duffy – ‘Rockferry’

3 Leona Lewis – ‘Spirit’

4 Nickelback – ‘All The Right Reasons’

5 OneRepublic – ‘Dreaming Out Loud’

6 Estelle – ‘Shine’

7 Amy Winehouse – ‘Back To Black: The Deluxe Edition’

8 James Blunt – ‘All The Lost Souls’

9 Michael Jackson – ‘Thriller 25’

10 The Raconteurs – ‘Consolers Of The Lonely’

The UK Top 10 singles, week commencing April 6, 2008 are:

1 Estelle Feat. Kanye West – ‘American Boy’

2 Flo Rida Feat. T-Pain – ‘Low’

3 Kooks – ‘Always Where I Need To Be’

4 Sam Sparro – ‘Black And Gold’

5 Duffy – ‘Mercy’

6 Mariah Carey – ‘Touch My Body’

7 Leona Lewis – ‘Better In Time/Footprints In The Sand’

8 Madonna Feat. Justin Timberlake – ‘Minutes’

9 Chris Brown – ‘With You’

10 Nickelback – ‘Rockstar’

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