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Florence and the Machine tops UK album chart

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Image caption Welch's previous two albums topped the chart

Florence and the Machine have topped the UK album chart for the third time with their new album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.

The record sold just under 70,000 and follows the success of their debut - 2009's Lungs, which has re-entered the chart at 18, and 2011's Ceremonials.

New entries in the top five also include Britain's Got Talent winners Collabro, Jamie XX and Simply Red.

In the singles chart, Jason Derulo is number one for a second straight week.

His hit Want to Want Me sold 75,000 and was streamed 2.07 million times over the last seven days.

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BBC Radio 1's Official Chart Show

The highest new entry in the singles chart was Lawson's Roads at number 11.

Florence and The Machine's Ship To Wreck has provided their ninth Top 40 hit at number 27.

On top of its commercial success, their chart-topping album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful has been well received by critics.

OFFICIAL SINGLES CHART TOP FIVE
1. Jason Derulo Wants to Want Me
2. Natalie Rose FT Jeremih Somebody
3. OMI Cheerleader
4. Major Lazer FT Mo and DJ Snake Lean On
5. Skrillex & Diplo/Justin Bieber Where Are U Now

The singer, aka Florence Welch, is due to play the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival later this month, ahead of the headliners the Foo Fighters.

Britain's Got Talent winners Collabro entered the chart at two with their second album Act Two while Jamie xx's solo debut In Colour charted at three.

Simply Red's Big Love, at number four, is the band's thirteenth top ten album.

OFFICIAL ALBUM CHART TOP FIVE
1. Florence and the Machine How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.
2. Collabro Act Two
3. Jamie xx In Colour
4. Simply Red Big Love
5. Taylor Swift 1989

Punk band Slaves and their album Are You Satisfied? took the number eight slot, while the return of glam rockers The Darkness and their fourth studio record, Last Of Our Kind, just missed out on the top ten, at number 12.

Indie-folk singer SOAK's debut Before We Forgot How To Dream scraped into the top 40 at 37.

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