George Michael beats Kylie to top album chart

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George Michael's Symphonica has beaten Kylie Minogue's Kiss Me Once to the top of the UK album chart.

It is the former Wham! star's seventh solo number one.

"Thank you so much... it's so nice to be able to savour this wonderful moment. I am a lucky man," Michael told

His album sold 20,000 copies more than Minogue's. Meanwhile, Duke Dumont scored his second number one single with I Got U featuring Jax Jones.

His last - Need U (100%) featuring A*M*E - kept Ding Dong The Witch is Dead off the top of the album chart following the death of Margaret Thatcher last April.

Also in this week's chart, The Human League have landed their highest charting single for almost 20 years following a campaign by fans of Aberdeen Football Club.

The group's 1981 number one Don't You Want Me has become a fan anthem and climbed to number 19 following Aberdeen's Scottish League Cup win last weekend.

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Symphonica is Michael's first new album for almost 10 years and was recorded during the singer's 2011/12 world tour.

Route 94's My Love featuring Jess Glynne kept its place at number two, while John Legend's ballad All Of Me climbed three places to third spot.

Pharrell Williams' Happy and last week's number one - Tsunami (Jump) by Dvbbs, Borgeous and Tinie Tempah - rounded out the top five.

Little Mix's official Sport Relief single, a cover of Cameo's Word Up, was the second highest new entry at number six.

On the album chart, Pharrell Williams' GIRL remained at number three, Paloma Faith's A Perfect Contradiction dropped two places to number four and last week's number one, Elbow's The Take Off And Landing Of Everything, fell to number five.

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