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Britain's Got Talent helps Fast Car speed into chart

Michael Collings on Britain's Got Talent
Image caption Amanda Holden compared Michael Collings to Susan Boyle

Tracy Chapman's Fast Car has entered the UK chart at four, 23 years after its initial release, thanks to the Britain's Got Talent effect.

Michael Collings, a contestant on the ITV1 show, performed an acoustic version of the song and thousands of viewers later downloaded the original.

Meanwhile, Adele's 21 has reclaimed its UK number one album spot from Foo Fighters after one week off the top.

LMFAO's Party Rock Anthem is the number one single for a second week.

It beat competition from rapper Wretch 32's Unorthodox which was a new entry at number two.

On last week's Britain's Got Talent, viewers watched judge Amanda Holden compare Collings, dressed in a hooded top and jogging bottoms, to previous contestant Susan Boyle.

Chapman's Fast Car was previously a number five hit in June 1988. It was the biggest UK chart hit for the American singer-songwriter who had herself gained overnight success due to TV exposure - the song raced up the chart on both sides of the Atlantic after she performed it at the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert at Wembley Stadium that summer.

There were other new entries in the singles chart for Beyonce, at number 18 with Run the World (Girls) and Starboy Nathan, at 23 with Diamonds.

Tinie Tempah went straight into the chart at number 33 with Simply Unstoppable while Pitbull's Give Me Everything was a new entry at 35.

Last week, Dave Grohl's band Foo Fighters ended Adele's record-breaking 11-week run at the top of the album chart with their new release Wasting Light.

This week, it dropped to number two while Adele's debut album 19 remained at number three.

New entries included Chipmunk's Transition, at 10, and The Fall by Gorillaz, at 12.

BBC Sound of 2011 finalist Jamie Woon's debut album Mirrorwriting was a new entry at number 15.

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