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18 February 2007


Picture caption: Mika won the BBC's Sound of 2007 contest, championing new talent


Mika has remained top of the UK singles and albums charts in a week which saw rises for Brit Awards performers Amy Winehouse, Snow Patrol and Take That.


The Beirut-born newcomer spent his fourth week at number one with single Grace Kelly, and Life in Cartoon Motion was top album for the second time.


Winehouse had the second-placed album, while Snow Patrol were up to third and Take That moved from 16 to five.


On the singles chart, Kaiser Chiefs stayed at two, with Akon up to three.



1. Mika, Grace Kelly

2. Kaiser Chiefs, Ruby

3. Akon featuring Snoop Dogg, I Wanna Love You

4. Just Jack, Starz in Their Eyes

5. Fall Out Boy, This Ain't a Scene - It's an Arms Race

Source: Official Charts Company


It was a generally quiet week for both surveys, with few new entries.


However, the impact of the Brit Awards and Valentine's Day - both on Wednesday - was apparent.


Winehouse, who was named best British female solo artist at the ceremony in London, also saw her debut album, Frank, returning to the top 40 at 37.


And Rehab, the first release from current album Back to Black, jumped from 49 to 22 on the singles chart.


Snow Patrol's single Chasing Cars rose 11 places to number 12 to sit behind both of Take That's recent hits.



1. Mika, Life in Cartoon Motion

2. Amy Winehouse (pictured), Back to Black

3. Snow Patrol, Eyes Open

4. Norah Jones, Not Too Late

5. Take That, Beautiful World

Source: Official Charts Company


Patience - the British single of the year at the Brits - went back up to 10 and Shine climbed to 11 for the reformed group.


Meanwhile shoppers seeking romantic soundtracks for Valentine's Day helped Phil Collins' Love Songs collection jump 12 places to number seven on the album chart.


And the greatest hits of the late Barry White re-entered the survey at 39.


The Oasis single Roll With It failed to return to the top 40, despite a campaign by the website It Should Have Been Number One to encourage people to download it.


The site said it wanted to make the song a chart-topper, "as it should have been 12 years ago", when it lost out to Blur's Country House in a high-profile battle.






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Sun 18 Feb 2007


LONDON (Reuters) - Rising star Mika spent a fifth week at the top of the pop charts on Sunday with his single, "Grace Kelly", the Official UK Charts Company said.


The singer-songwriter also held on to the number one spot in the album chart with his debut, "Life in Cartoon Motion".


Mika, whose flamboyant style has been compared to the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, was named best new talent of the year in a poll last month.


Indie pop band Kaiser Chiefs spent a second week at number two with "Ruby".


Climbing six places to three were hip hop stars Akon and Snoop Dogg's "I Wanna Love You", while London rapper Just Jack slipped to fourth with "Starz in their Eyes".


Chicago punk-pop act Fall Out Boy fell one place to fifth with "This Ain't a Scene It's an Arms Race".


Dutch DJ Mason was at number six with the dance hit "Exceeder", while Denver pop group The Fray's "How to Save a Life" slipped to seven.


"The Sweet Escape", by American singer Gwen Stefani, was at number eight, ahead of R&B singer JoJo's "Too Little Too Late" at nine.


After winning the best single prize at the Brit Awards this week, Take That's "Patience" re-entered the top 20 at number 10.




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Success at this week's Brit awards has been translated into the country's singles and albums charts, with Amy Winehouse and Take That both climbing up the rankings.


Winehouse, who won best female at Earls Court in midweek, saw her album Back to Black climb three places to two, while Beautiful World by comeback kids and best British single winners Take That re-entered the top five.


But the real winner this week was Lebanese-born sensation Mika, whose single Grace Kelly and album Life in Cartoon Motion still top both charts for the fourth and second weeks respectively.


There were no new entries in either charts, with Kaiser Chiefs' new single Ruby sticking at two and I Wanna Love You by Akon and Snoop Doggy Dogg rising six to three.


Patience, the single that won Take That their sole award at the Valentine's Day Brit awards, jumped 12 places to tenth overall.


Top ten singles

1 Grace Kelly, Mika (1)

2 Ruby, Kaiser Chiefs (2)

3 I Wanna Love You, Akon featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg (9)

4 Starz in their Eyes, Just Jack (3)

5 This Ain't a Scene it's an Arms Race, Fall Out Boy (4)

6 Exceeder, Mason (5)

7 How to Save a Life, Fray (6)

8 The Sweet Escape, Gwen Stefani featuring Akon (10)

9 Too little too Late, Jojo (7)

10 Patience, Take That (22)


Top five albums

1 Life in Cartoon Motion, Mika (1)

2 Back to Black, Amy Winehouse (5)

3 Eyes Open, Snow Patrol (8)

4 Not too Late, Norah Jones (4)

5 Beautiful World, Take That (16)




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