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Saturday 17 February 2018

David Bowie matches Elvis with album chart dominance

The late David Bowie has dominated this week's album chart
The late David Bowie has dominated this week's album chart

David Bowie has matched Elvis Presley's dazzling chart record with 12 albums in the top 40.

The late singer's most recent release Blackstar is at number one for a third week, heading up five Bowie releases in the top 10.

Best Of Bowie is at three, Nothing Has Changed is at five, Hunky Dory is at nine and The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars is at 10.

The Heroes singer, who died from cancer on January 10 aged 69, is only the second act in Official Chart history to score five albums in the same top 10 since Michael Jackson managed six in 2009 after his death.

Bowie's influence continues down the chart, with the rock star landing seven more top 40 entries, bringing his total to 12.

This brings him level with Elvis Presley's chart record for simultaneous entries in the top 40, which the king achieved following his death in 1977, the Official Charts Company said.

Meanwhile, completing the top five on the album chart, Adele's 25 is at two, while Justin Bieber's Purpose climbs a spot to four.

The highest new entry this week is from Suede, who return to the chart after almost six years with Night Thoughts - their seventh top 10 album - at number six.

Over on the singles chart, Shawn Mendes's track Stitches leads the way.

The song comfortably earns a second week at number one, finishing just over 13,000 combined chart sales ahead of his closest rival, Justin Bieber's Love Yourself.

Climbing 58 places to number three this week is producer Jonas Blue with his dance cover of Tracy Chapman's Fast Car.

Rounding off this week's top five are Justin Bieber's Sorry at four and Snakehips' All My Friends ft Tinashe & Chance The Rapper, which climbs three spots to hit a new high at number five.

Little Mix's Secret Love Song ft Jason Derulo continues to scale the chart, jumping four places to number 12, and Rihanna's Work is new at number 13 following its surprise release on Wednesday.

US singer-songwriter Elle King scores her UK top 40 debut with Ex's & Oh's, going from 64 to 15.

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