The debut album from the Military Wives' Choir has gone straight to number one in the UK. According to the Official Charts Company, their album In My Dreams beat last week's chart topper, Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball by a margin of around 8,000 copies.
There are five different Military Wives Choirs around the country, with 247 members in total. Most members of the choir are mothers, making their chart-topping success the ideal Mothers' Day treat. In My Dreams was originally released last week, entering the UK album chart at number two but it is thought that the extra boost in sales has come from people purchasing the disc as a Mothers' Day gift. The album was recorded after their single 'Wherever You Are' was also a number one hit at Christmas and the title track is sung by the former X Factor finalist Jonjo Kerr, who is currently serving in Afghanistan as a Private in 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment,
Other notable successes in this week's album chart include 25 year old Michael Kiwanuka, who topped the BBC's Sound of 2012 Poll at the start of the year. His album, entitled Home Again, entered the chart at number 4. Last year's X Factor finalist Marcus Collins went in at number 7, with his self-titled album. This week also saw a surprise chart return for Jason Donovan, who is staging a career comeback, with an album of Rat Pack-style covers