Allen album debuts at number one

Congleton Guardian: Lily Allen went straight to the top of the album chart with her new release Sheezus
Lily Allen went straight to the top of the album chart with her new release Sheezus

Lily Allen has continued her pop comeback success after scoring her second chart-topping album.

The singer, who was recovering in hospital this week after being hit by a vomiting bug, went straight to the top of the chart with Sheezus.

Allen, 29, announced her intention to retire as a solo artist in 2009 before bouncing back late last year with her number one single Somewhere Only We Know, a cover of Keane's track which featured in the John Lewis Christmas advertising campaign.

Sheezus has already spawned two top 10 singles, Hard Out Here and Air Balloon, and is Allen's third album after Alright Still and It's Not Me, It's You, which topped the chart in 2009.

Gary Barlow saw his solo album Since I Saw You Last jump 36 places to number two in the chart after the broadcast of his BBC documentary When Corden Met Barlow, alongside actor and superfan James Corden.

The Take That star, who is reportedly facing the prospect of paying millions in unpaid tax after a court ruling, also saw his band's greatest hits collection, Never Forget, re-enter the album chart at number 21, while Barlow's solo single Let Me Go surged 52 places to number 22.

Other new entries in this week's album chart include US rockers Black Stone Cherry with Magic Mountain, American singer Anastacia with Resurrection, her first UK chart hit in five years, and veteran crooner Michael Bolton who scored his 14th top 40 album with Ain't No Mountain High Enough.

The highest climber in the album chart was veteran singer Meat Loaf, whose classic album Bat Out Of Hell rocketed 135 places to number 12.

Meanwhile, Dutch hip-hop star Mr Probz returned to number one in the singles chart with Waves.

The 29-year-old rapper-turned-singer was knocked off the top spot last week by superstar DJ Calvin Harris and his track Summer.

But Mr Probz finished in pole position this week after selling 25,000 more copies than his nearest rival.

The UK's Eurovision Song Contest entry, Children Of The Universe by Molly Smitten-Downes, climbed 15 places to number 33. The song, which finished a disappointing 17th in the competition, is the first UK Eurovision entry to enter the top 40 since Blue's I Can in 2011.

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