James Blunt's Back To Bedlam has overtaken Coldplay's X&Y to become the UK's biggest-selling album of the year so far.
Blunt [pictured] has sold 1,526,000 copies - 2,000 more than Coldplay - and is currently at number two in the album chart. The debut album has topped the chart across Europe and produced the hit single You're Beautiful.
It is an extraordinary success story for Blunt, 28, an Old Harrovian and former member of the Household Cavalry. He was recently voted Best New Act at the Q Awards.Next month he will promote the album in the US with a series of live dates. His attempt to crack America comes as US critics tire of Coldplay.
X&Y received dismal reviews, with the New York Times calling them "the most insufferable band of the decade" and describing Chris Martin's voice as "a sound somewhere between a yodel and a hiccup".
Martin admitted the reviews were "devastating".
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