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Ed Sheeran equals male album record

Ed Sheeran at the V Festival
Image caption Ed Sheeran performed at the recent V Festival

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran's album X has notched up eight weeks at number one, becoming the joint longest chart-topper by a male solo artist.

The last man to achieve the feat was James Blunt for his 2005 collection Back to Bedlam.

It is also the longest-running number one album since Adele's 21, which had a run of 11 weeks in 2011.

Norwegian singer-songwriters Nico and Vinz retained their spot at the top of the singles chart with Am I Wrong.

Last week, the duo became the first act from Norway since A-ha in 1986 to score a UK chart-topping track.

Canadian band Magic! also held firm at number two with Rude, with OneRepublic's Love Runs Out completing an unchanged top three.

The highest new entry at four was courtesy of another Canadian act, Kiesza, with Giant In My Heart following up her chart-topper Hideaway.

Back in the album chart, Sam Smith and Dolly Parton traded places behind Ed Sheeran, while US rockers Gaslight Anthem were the highest new entry at four.

They were closely followed by Britain's Got Talent act Richard and Adam, making their debut at five with At The Movies.

The new greatest hits collection from female group The Saturdays landed at number 10, while Irish singer Sinead O'Connor's 10th studio album I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss was new at 22.

UK official single and album charts
Top five singles Top five albums
1. Am I Wrong - Nico and Vinz 1. X - Ed Sheeran
2. Rude - Magic! 2. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
3. Love Runs Out - OneRepublic 3. Blue Smoke - Dolly Parton
4. Giant In My Heart - Kiesza 4. Get Hurt - Gaslight Anthem
5. Ghost - Ella Henderson 5. At The Movies - Richard and Adam

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