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Olly Murs scores UK chart double

Olly Murs
Image caption Murs will support Robbie Williams on his 2013 European stadium tour

Olly Murs has topped both the singles and album chart, beating new releases by Bruno Mars, Ke$ha and Alicia Keys.

The Essex-born singer has already had two double-platinum albums, and his third - Right Place Right Time - went straight in at number one.

With 127,000 copies sold in its first week, the album is also the fastest-selling male solo record of the year.

Murs's current single Troublemaker held on to the top spot for a second week, despite a strong showing by Bruno Mars.

All of the singles in the Official Charts Company's top five have recently been performed on the X Factor results show.

They include Rihanna's Diamonds at three; Labrinth's Beneath Your Beautiful at four; and Alicia Keys' Girl On Fire at five.

The run was broken by Gabrielle Aplin's The Power Of Love, which is the soundtrack to John Lewis's Christmas advert.

But a further three songs in the Top 10 have been performed the X Factor elimination show, which has been enjoying higher viewing figures than the main Saturday night episodes.

New entries in this week's singles chart came from US trash-pop singer Ke$ha, whose Die Young arrived at number 10, and US rockers Imagine Dragons, who scored two chart positions with songs from their Hear Me EP.

Meanwhile, two festive favourites made their annual reappearance in the top 40. The Pogues' Fairytale Of New York was a re-entry at 26, with Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You not far behind, at 30.

In the album chart, greatest hits collections from Neil Diamond and Girls Aloud scored new entries at eight and nine respectively, while a new recording of Jeff Wayne's War Of The Worlds landed at 13.

Alicia Keys' fifth album, Girl On Fire, made its debut at 15, beating its predecessor - 2009's Elements Of Freedom - by two places.

That album later rose to number one, giving the soul singer her first UK chart-topper.

Meanwhile, Christmas albums from Michael Buble, Rod Stewart and Katherine Jenkins all made the Top 40.

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