James Blunt burns up Cdn. charts

James Blunt (JAM! file photo)

James Blunt (JAM! file photo)


Senior Editor, JAM! Showbiz

, Last Updated: 11:57 AM ET

James Blunt's "All the Lost Souls" found itself perched atop the Canadian album charts this week.

The British singer-songwriter debuted at No. 1 with healthy sales of 35,000, according to data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

The album is the follow-up to his first disc, "Back to Bedlam," which premiered at No. 43 in August of 2005, but slowly picked up steam and eventually became the top-selling album in Canada in 2006.

Blunt knocked Kanye West's "Graduation" (17,000) from No. 1 down to No. 2, French artist Kain checked in at No. 3 with "Les Saisons S'Tassant," and 50 Cent's "Curtis" (13,000) slipped from No. 2 to No. 4.

Reba McEntire's "Reba Duets" and Diana Krall's "Very Best Of Diana Krall" premiered at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, and the "High School Musical 2" soundtrack dropped from No. 5 to No. 7.

Timbaland's "Timbaland Presents: Shock Value" also sank two positions to No. 8, Rihanna's "Good Girl Gone Bad" occupied the No. 9 slot, and KT Tunstall's "Drastic Fantastic" rounded out the top 10 debuts at No. 10.

Other notable first-week forays included Eddie Vedder's "Into the Wild" soundtrack at No. 11, Mark Knopfler's "Kill to Get Crimson" at No. 13, Paul Potts' "One Chance" at No. 15, Chamillionaire's "Ultimate Victory" at No. 19, H.I.M.'s "Venus Doom" at No. 30, Barry Manilow's "The Greatest Songs of the Seventies" at No. 33, and the "Across the Universe" soundtrack at No. 42.

In the U.S., Reba McEntire came in at No. 1, followed by Kanye West in second, 50 Cent in third, Barry Manilow in fourth, and Kenny Chesney's "Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates" in fifth.


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