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Skepta sales surge after Mercury win

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Image caption Sketpa beat David Bowie and The 1975 to win the Mercury Prize

Sales of Skepta's album Konnichiwa have surged 174% after his Mercury Prize win last week.

His fourth album has climbed 40 places to number 13 in this week's official albums chart.

Skepta beat David Bowie and Radiohead to win the £25,000 prize, which is awarded annually to what critics judge the best British album of the year.

Konnichiwa covers topics including police harassment and his anger at British politics.

Bastille held the number one album spot for a second week with Wild World.

The highest new entry was Led Zeppelin's The Complete BBC Sessions, a collection of the group's five live sessions recorded in 1969, which debuted at number three.

Usher scored his sixth UK top 10 album with Hard II Love, which landed at number seven, while Seth Lakeman's Ballads of the Broken Few, debuted at number 18.

Top five albums
Artist Title
1) Bastille Wild World
2) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree
3) Led Zeppelin The Complete BBC Sessions
4) The Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl
5) Ward Thomas Cartwheels
Top five singles
Artist Title
1) Chainsmokers feat Halsey Closer
2) James Arthur Say You Won't Let Go
3) DJ Snake feat Justin Bieber Let Me Love You
4) Major Lazer feat Justin Bieber and MØ Cold Water
5) Calvin Harris My Way

On the singles chart, The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey remained at number one for the fourth consecutive week with Closer, which notched up 82,000 combined sales.

They held off competition from former X Factor winner James Arthur, whose latest single Say You Won't Let Go climbed from number 25 to two with 60,000 sales.

The singer has re-signed with Simon Cowell's Syco record label, which originally dropped him two years ago.

DJ Snake and Major Lazer, both of whom have current singles featuring Justin Bieber, each dropped a place to numbers three and four respectively.

Calvin Harris rounded off the top five with My Way.

New entries included Emeli Sande's comeback single Hurts, which debuted at number 22, and US actress Hailee Steinfeld's debut single Starving, which landed at number 40.

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