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Pavarotti back on UK charts October 12, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Music.

Italian opera star Luciano Pavarotti returned to the British singles charts for the first time in almost 15 years on September 9 as fans bought his “Nessun Dorma” following his death.

His recording of the aria from Puccini’s “Turandot” jumped to number 24 from 160, according to the Official UK Charts Company. The song, played over loudspeakers at his funeral service in Modena on September 8, reached number two in June 1990. It has been an anthem for soccer fans ever since Pavarotti performed it at the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

In the album charts, indie rock band Hard-Fi shot to number one with their new release Once Upon A Time In The West. The album, the second from the four-piece act from Staines in Surrey, pushed last week’s top seller Hand Built by Robots from singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner down to number four.

Fans of Amy Winehouse continued to ignore her father-in-law’s appeal to boycott her music in protest at her drug abuse, keeping her album Back to Black at number two after 45 weeks in the charts.

US pop band Plain White T’s debuted at number three with their album Every Second Counts and were one stronger at number two in the singles chart with the track “Hey There Delilah”. Also new in the album charts were London indie band Athlete at five with “Beyond The Neighbourhood”.

Reggae-rap artist Sean Kingston was new at eight with his album “Sean Kingston” and he held on to the number one spot in the singles chart with “Beautiful Girls”. Elsewhere in the singles rankings, singer-songwriter James Blunt climbed six places to four with “1973” while Girls Aloud were the biggest climber in the top ten, soaring 59 places to number five with “Sexy No No No”.

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