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The View top album chart

The View

Story by Jack Foley

DUNDEE newcomers The View have gone straight to number one in the album charts with their debut album Hats Off To The Buskers.

The Scottish rockers, dubbed “the new Arctic Monkeys” by some, beat Blur frontman Damon Albarn’s latest project The Good, The Bad and The Queen, which entered at number two.

The View were hotly tipped to become one of 2007’s biggest breakthrough acts following the success of previous singles Superstar Tradesman and current chart hit Same Jeans.

Their album chart success means that they have started to justify that hype and they could go on to become one of the biggest-selling guitar bands of the year.

The foursome met on a council estate in Dundee and cite Oasis as their musical mentors – but they have dismissed comparisons with the Arctic Monkeys as “laziness”.

The band is also riding high in the singles chart with Same Jeans holding on to a top 5 spot despite having been released a few weeks ago.

Amy Winehouse, James Morrison and The Fratellis complete the top five albums.

While Mika continues to top the singles chart with Grace Kelly, which is being physically released into shops this Monday (January 29).

The track made the number one spot through download sales – a situation made possible by a rule change at the start of the year which means all downloads count towards chart positions no matter when they were released.

Just Jack, who also releases an album on Monday, remains in second slot with Starz In Their Eyes.

Hats Off To The Buskers reviewed