Wartime leader Winston Churchill became the first British prime minister ever to enter the pop charts when an album featuring some of his most famous speeches set to music debuted in fourth place on Sunday.
The album “Reach for the Skies” was recorded by the Central Band of the Royal Air Force (RAF) to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, a crucial air campaign fought between British and German forces in 1940.
“It is great that to a long list of Official Chart stars including Elvis, Madonna, Cliff (Richard) and The Beatles, we can now add Winston Churchill,” said Martin Talbot, managing director of the Official Charts Company.
“It is also a tribute to the amazing sacrifices of our Servicemen that the British public have bought this RAF album in such large numbers.”
Other new entrants in the album chart included KT Tunstall’s “Tiger Suit” at No. 5, the Official Charts Company said, while Eric Clapton secured his 25th top 10 hit with “Clapton,” which was in seventh place.
In the singles chart, 21-year-old Londoner Tinie Tempah took the top spot with his second No. 1 single, “Written in the Stars,” which sold more than 115,000 copies in its first week — a figure topped by only two other singles this year.
Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love” jumped to fourth place from last week’s No. 102, seeing a resurgence in popularity after featuring on British TV talent show “X Factor” last weekend.
Labrinth’s “Let the Sunshine” was another new entry to the top 10, going straight in at No. 3, while Enrique Iglesias and The Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger’s duet “Heartbeat” climbed to eighth place from last week’s No. 13.