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Diamond Jubilee: Gary Barlow album tops chart

Prince Harry and Gary Barlow in Jamaica
Image caption Gary Barlow (right) enlisted Prince Harry to play tambourine

An album recorded by Take That's Gary Barlow for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee has gone to the top of the UK chart.

The album's title track Sing features musicians from across the Commonwealth plus the Military Wives choir - and Prince Harry on tambourine.

It debuted at number 11 in the singles chart.

Meanwhile, a campaign to get The Sex Pistols' God Save The Queen to number one in the singles chart fell flat. It ended the week at number 80.

The success of Barlow's album comes a day before a concert he has organised at Buckingham Palace, with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and Kylie Minogue on the bill.

The album's title track was co-written by Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber and will be performed at the concert.

"I couldn't have wished for anything more on this momentous weekend," Barlow said.

The track features 210 musicians including the African Children's Choir, Aboriginal guitarist Gurrumul, Slum Drummers from Kenya's Kibera slum and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Band.

Other tracks on the album, meanwhile, feature singers including Hayley Westenra, Alfie Boe and Laura Wright.

The album, which is raising money for the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, kept Paloma Faith's second album Fall To Grace off the top spot.

The entire top five were new entries this week, with Faith at number two, Rumer's Boys Don't Cry at three, Magic Hours by The Scissor Sisters at four and tenor Russell Watson at number five with Anthems.

London dance outfit Rudimental were a new entry at number one in the singles chart with Feel The Love, pushing last week's chart-toppers Fun featuring Janelle Monae off the top spot.

Meanwhile, Sweden's Eurovision Song Contest victor Loreen climbs 82 places to number three with her winning song Euphoria.

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