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Leona Lewis re-release beats Dido's latest to UK album top spot

Leona Lewis

Story by Jack Foley

DIDO has been beaten to the top of the UK album charts by the re-release of Leona Lewis’ Spirit album in Deluxe form.

Music industry pundits had expected Dido to shoot straight to the top of the charts with Safe Trip Home, her third album since Life For Rent landed top spot in 2003.

But even though it was close, former X-Factor winner Lewis pipped her to top spot – thanks to a deluxe package that included three new singles and a bonus DVD of videos.

According to trade magazine Music Week, less than 500 first-day sales separated Lewis and Dido.

But the news will come as a massive disappointment to Dido, especially since Spirit first went to the top of the charts in November last year.

It also can be seen as a blow for original recordings over re-released material, with deluxe editions of popular albums now a common marketing ploy for the major artists.

Ironically, Coldplay are set to buck that trend on Monday by releasing an EP of bonus material from their last album, Viva La Vida, rather than putting out an extended, or deluxe, version.

Elsewhere in the album charts, The Stereophonics fell one place to third with their best of album, Decade in the Sun and Dark Horse, the new album from US rockers Nickelback, debuted at number four.

Simply Red’s greatest hits, 25, reached number nine, while last week’s number one, Il Divo’s Promise, fell to seventh place.

In the singles chart, meanwhile, Beyonce’s If I Were A Boy claimed the No.1 spot after knocking the X Factor’s charity single Hero into second place.

Hero, released under Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Music and featuring all of the X Factor finalists, was in support of the charity Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. It has become the fasting-selling charity record of the decade and the fastest selling single of 2008.

Dido’s Safe Trip Home reviewed