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Miley Cyrus hits top of charts

Published 13/10/2013 | 19:06

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Miley Cyrus has hit the top spot

Controversial star Miley Cyrus has twerked her way to the top of the singles and albums charts.

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The 20-year-old singer and actress, who made headlines after her raunchy performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, has gone straight in at number one on both charts.

She is the first artist this year to do the Official Charts number one double - topping the singles chart with Wrecking Ball, and the albums chart with her new album Bangerz.

It comes not long after twerking - the dance move she showed off with the help of singer Robin Thicke during their much-talked-about act - was among a slew of new terms included in an update of the Oxford dictionary.

Reacting to the news of her doubly-whammy, Miley told OfficialCharts.com that she "can't wait" to be back in the UK next month.

She added: "I truly appreciate the love I'm getting from the UK."

One person who has not expressed love for Miley's latest form is Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, who has penned open letters online to the US star.

In a letter on her Facebook page, Sinead said she is "extremely concerned" that Miley has been led to believe that it is "cool" to be naked and "licking sledgehammers" in her videos.

She wrote: "Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent." (sic)

The Hannah Montana star only scored her first ever UK number one single little over two months ago with We Can't Stop. Her previous highest charting album was 2010's Can't Be Tamed, which peaked at number eight.

Meanwhile, Eminem claimed this week's second highest new entry - and his 20th top 10 single as a lead artist - with Berzerk.

Conor Maynard debuted at number four with R U Crazy, and The Saturdays are new in at number five with Disco Love.

OneRepublic dropped from number one to three with Counting Stars.

Saul Milton and Will Kennard, aka Chase & Status, went in at number two in the albums chart with their third studio album, Brand New Machine.

Former X Factor star Lucy Spraggan is new in at number seven today with her major label debut Join The Club.

The singer's self-released album, Top Room At the Zoo, peaked at number 22 on the Official Albums Chart last September before she was asked to take it off sale by the show's producers.

Haim's album Days Are Gone has dropped from number one to number five on the chart, while the Arctic Monkeys are at three with AM and Kings of Leon's Mechanical Bull is at number four.

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