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Bruce Springsteen scores 10th UK number one album

Bruce Springsteen in concert Image copyright AP
Image caption Springsteen is due to resume his world tour in Cape Town next week

Rock star Bruce Springsteen has racked up his 10th UK number one album, putting him ahead of the likes of Abba, David Bowie and Michael Jackson.

High Hopes, described as the singer's best "unreleased material from the past decade" went straight to the top this week, dethroning Ellie Goulding.

The achievement puts him on level pegging with The Rolling Stones and U2, who also have 10 UK number ones.

Only four artists have had more, said the Official Charts Company.

The Beatles lead the way, with 15, followed by pop star Madonna on 12, while Elvis Presley and Robbie Williams have 11 each.

High Hopes features contributions from Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici - two members of Springsteen's E Street Band who have died in recent years.

It has given the star, known as The Boss, some of the best reviews of his recent career.

The album was the only new entry in this week's top 20, in a fairly stagnant week for new releases.

Ellie Goulding's Halcyon dropped to number two, followed by Beyonce's self-titled album in third place.

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Image caption Happy is accompanied by a 24-hour-long music video, in which dozens of people dance and lip-sync to the song

Pharrell Williams continued to reign in the singles chart, spending a third week at number one with his gospel-inspired feel-good anthem, Happy.

The song, from the hit animation Despicable Me 2, was nominated for an Oscar last week. It has now sold more than half a million copies in the UK.

YouTube sensation

As with the album chart, the singles countdown was relatively static.

The top four singles remained the same as last week, with Pitbull and Kesha's Timber in second place, followed by Avicii's Hey Brother and Jason Derulo's Trumpets.

Newcomer Elyar Fox scored the only new entry in the top 10. The 18-year-old Londoner was signed by Sony last year after building an enthusiastic fanbase around his home videos on YouTube.

His debut single, Do It All Over Again, charted at number five.

Just outside the top 10, pop superstars Shakira and Rihanna saw their first duet land at number 11.

Can't Remember To Forget You, which went on sale instantly after its online premiere on Monday, is likely to climb the charts as it is added to radio playlists.

The highest climber came from veteran US rappers Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip, whose Thank You jumped 24 places from 37 to 13.

The pair first appeared on a record together 20 years ago, on A Tribe Called Quest's single Oh My God.

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