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Rihanna reigns over UK pop charts

Rihanna
Image caption Rihanna has now had three UK number one albums

Pop star Rihanna has topped both the album and singles chart in the UK.

Talk That Talk, her sixth album, took the top spot in one of the busiest weeks for new releases this year.

Meanwhile, her single We Found Love racked up six weeks at number one, fighting off competition from X Factor stars Olly Murs and Kelly Rowland.

Rihanna scored a further three singles in the top 40, with new album tracks securing chart places alongside her duet with R&B star Drake, Take Care.

The 23-year-old also looks set to have the number one album in the US this week.

Her success cements her position as one of the top female artists in the recording industry, having sold more than 20 million albums in total.

This comes despite - or perhaps because of - her tendency towards lewd lyrics and provocative videos, which have often landed her in trouble with censors.

Born in Barbados in 1988, the singer has rarely been out of the charts since her debut single Pon De Replay in 2005.

She won her first Brit award, for best international female, this year and is currently in the middle of a 10-night run at London's O2 arena.

Elsewhere in the album charts, boy band One Direction scored a new entry at number two with their debut album Up All Night.

Westlife's swansong greatest hits album entered the charts at four, just ahead of Kate Bush's newest record, 50 Words For Snow.

Adele's 21, which is the year's biggest-seller, dropped one place to number nine, raising the prospect that it could fall out of the top 10 for the first time since its release in January.

However, Christmas sales are likely to reverse its chart decline over the next few weeks.

X Factor flush

Image caption R&B group En Vogue made a belated return to the chart thanks to the X Factor

On the singles countdown, 1990s harmony group En Vogue made their first appearance in 11 years, after their song Don't Let Go (Love) was performed on last week's X Factor.

Other new entries were supplied by Xtra Factor presenter Olly Murs at number two and X Factor judge Kelly Rowland at six.

Meanwhile, Rebecca Ferguson, a contestant on last year's show, made her solo chart debut at number 10 with the soul ballad Nothing's Real But Love.

The only new entry not by Rihanna or an X Factor act was from dance producer Avicii, whose single Levels landed at number four.

Next week's chart also looks set to be dominated by the X Factor, which releases its annual charity single on Sunday.

A cover version of Rose Royce's 1978 hit Wishing On A Star by this year's contestants, the single will benefit young people's charities ACT and Children's Hospices UK.

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