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Les Miserables’ chart-topping dream fulfilled

20/01/2013

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Les Miserables’ chart-topping dream fulfilled (Pictured: Anne Hathaway)

By Lauren Kreisler

Les Miserables becomes the first film cast recording to top the Official Albums Chart in almost 16 years. Plus: See the Official Albums Chart Top 10 in full!

Do you hear the people sing? Well, that appears to be the sound of the UK public catching the musical bug as January shoppers and cinema-goers make Les Miserables their Number 1 album of the week.

The Motion Picture Cast Recording of Tom Hooper’s big screen adaptation of the hit musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel is the first film cast recording to top the Official Albums Chart since Evita in 1997.  Les Miserables knocks Emeli Sande’s Our Version Of Events down to Number 2.

Simultaneously, tracks from the Les Miserables recording are climbing up the Official Singles Chart too with film star Anne Hathaway, who plays Fantine, scoring her first UK Top 40 hit with I Dreamed A Dream (22), popularised in recent years, of course, by Susan Boyle.  Meanwhile, Samantha Barks, who plays Eponine rests at Number 43 with On My Own.

New entries

Manchester-based indie rockers Everything Everything snare their highest charting album to date and their first Top 10 with new offering, Arc, entering at Number 5 on today’s Official Albums Chart.  Their 2010 debut Man Alive peaked at Number 17.Rising Harlem MC A$AP Rocky makes his debut with the hotly anticipated Long Live A$AP (7), while Irish folk rockers Villagers bag their first Top 20 album with Awayland (Number 16).

The week’s new entries are completed by New Order’s Lost Sirens (23). The album is made up of tracks recorded during sessions for their 2005 album Waiting For The Sirens' Call.

And finally, pop rockers Lawson are the highest climbers today bouncing back up 50 places to re-enter the Top 40 at Number 35.

The Official Albums Chart Top 10 is as follows. See the Official Albums Chart Top 100 in full here at 7pm.

1 LES MISERABLES MOTION PICTURE CAST RECORDING
2 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
3 JAKE BUGG JAKE BUGG
4 18 MONTHS CALVIN HARRIS
5 ARC EVERYTHING EVERYTHING
6 UNAPOLOGETIC RIHANNA
7 LONG LIVE ASAP A$AP ROCKY
8 + ED SHEERAN
9 FALL TO GRACE PALOMA FAITH
10 UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX BRUNO MARS

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