Chris Brown clinches a personal best today, going straight to Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart with his latest release, Fortune.
The 23-year-old US R&B singer's fifth full-length album has knocked Linkin Park's Living Things off the top spot, outselling its closest competitor, Maroon 5's Overexposed (Number 2) by 11,000 copies.
Fortune, which features the Official Number 1 smash Turn Up The Music and its Number 3 follow-up single Don't Wake Me Up, is Brown's highest charting album to date.
Linkin Park's Living Things slips to Number 3, while Ed Sheeran's + is at 4. Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events (5), which is the second biggest selling album of 2012 so far behind Adele's 21, completes this week's Top 5.
New Entries and high climbers
In addition to Chris Brown's Fortune (1), there is only one other entry in today's Official Albums Chart Top 40. US country star Mary Chapin Carpenter has also scored her highest charting album to date, with her eleventh album, Ashes And Roses, debuting at Number 26.
Ahead of his appearance at Hard Rock Calling next weekend, Paul Simon's classic 1986 album, Graceland, is this week's highest climber, up 39 places to Number 6. Jack White's debut solo album, Blunderbuss, climbs nine places from Number 49 to Number 40, while Train's California 37 (18), Katy Perry's Teenage Dream (27) and David Guetta's Nothing But The Beat (32) are all up seven places each this week.
Finally, Adele's 21, the London singer's mega-selling album re-enters the Official Albums Chart Top 10 after slipping out for the first time last month since it's release in January 2011, and is this week up six places from Number 15 to Number 9.
The Official Albums Chart Top 10 is as follows. Click here to see the Top 100 in full after 7PM.
|03||LIVING THINGS||LINKIN PARK|
|05||OUR VERSION OF EVENTS||EMELI SANDE|
|08||TALK THAT TALK||RIHANNA|
|10||WATCH THE THRONE||JAY-Z & KANYE WEST|
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