Paolo Nutini scores fastest-selling album of 2014
Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini has scored the fastest-selling artist album of the year so far.
Caustic Love, his third record, topped the charts with 109,000 sales after seven days on the shelves.
He easily beat previous record-holder Sam Bailey, who sold 73,000 copies of The Power Of Love in one week in March, said the Official Charts Company.
Nutini has enjoyed glowing reviews for his soul-inspired CD, including current single Scream (Funk My Life Up).
It gives the Brit-nominated singer his second UK number one, following 2009's Sunny Side Up - which also climbed back into the Top 40 this week.
While Nutini is the fastest-selling artist of the year to date, compilation album Now 87 is believed to have achieved higher first-week sales.
Official figures for the two-disc set have not been made public, however.
Nutini held off competition from teenage guitar band The Vamps, whose debut album Meet The Vamps was a new entry at number two.
The top five was completed by Paloma Faith's A Perfect Contradiction in third; John Legend's Love In The Future at four and Kaiser Chiefs' Education, Education, Education And War, in fifth place.Codebreaker
Newcomer Kiesza topped the singles chart with her debut, the deep house track Hideaway, selling more than 136,000 copies.
"I never expected this at all," said the singer, who is also a trained ballerina and a former codebreaker with the Royal Canadian Navy.
"It's amazing to see people come out of the woodwork and fall in love with it, so thank you!
"Music was always a part of my life, but it was more of a hobby," she added.
"When I started sailing on large vessels, people would bring instruments onto the ship and start jamming, and that led me to start song writing.
"That was the first time that I realised I had a natural instinct for it, and it just led me down this whole musical road that I'm on."