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Justin Bieber denies Cheryl Cole number one album

Justin Bieber and Cheryl Cole
Image caption The two stars were neck and neck for the number one position

Canadian star Justin Bieber has topped the UK album chart, denying Cheryl Cole her third number one record.

Bieber's second album, Believe, sold just 3,000 copies more than the Cole's to claim the chart crown.

Cole suffered disappointment in the singles chart, too, where Maroon 5 knocked her song, Call My Name, off the top slot after just one week.

The US pop band sold more than 141,000 copies of their single Payphone, giving them their first UK number one.

Their previous highest-charting singles were 2007's Makes Me Wonder and 2011's Moves Like Jagger, which both made it to number two.

"It's been a long time coming," lead singer Adam Levine told BBC Radio 1. "We're so happy that people like the tune, and there are more to come."

Asked how he would celebrate, Levine said: "We're going to dance like girls."

Maroon 5's sales victory comes a week after Cole set the record for the fastest-selling single of the year so far, shifting a total of 152,000 copies in a week.

She tweeted on Sunday morning that she was in rehearsals for the video to its follow-up, Under the Sun.

Bieber, 18, rose to fame after posting songs on YouTube as a youngster. He was later signed by US R&B star Usher.

The Canadian star's second album has been praised for its mature urban sound, in comparison to the saccharine teen pop of his debut.

In the US, it is expected to sell 410,000 copies this week - the largest first-week sales of any album this year.

The final tally will be revealed when the Billboard chart is announced on Wednesday.

Other new entries in the album chart included Blown Away, by country singer Carrie Underwood, which went in at number 11; and the third album by Sheffield indie band Reverend and the Makers - @reverend-makers - which entered the chart at number 16.

US art-rock band The Smashing Pumpkins also returned to the charts for the first time in five years.

Their ninth album, Oceania, debuted at number 19.

The singles chart saw little movement this week. Apart from Maroon 5, the only other new entry was Black Heart, by Essex girl band Stooshe.

The track, co-written by former All Saints member Shaznay Lewis, went in at number four.

Paloma Faith re-entered the Top 10 with her single Picking Up the Pieces. Two weeks ago the song had dropped to number 19, but it has reversed its decline following a performance on Graham Norton's chat show.

Katy Perry's Wide Awake - the eighth and last single from her Teenage Dream album - was the week's highest climber, jumping from 31 to 12 in the same week that she released the song's video.

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