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Years & Years hit singles chart top spot

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Image caption Years & Years singer Alexander (middle) is also a rising screen star

Electro pop group Years & Years, who topped the BBC's Sound of 2015 list, have scored their first number one on the UK singles chart.

Their track King sold 101,000 copies according to the Official Charts Company.

Singer Olly Alexander said: "No one told us it would be number one. They said it wouldn't get to number one, but it did."

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds topped the album chart.

The band's second album Chasing Yesterday racked up combined sales of 89,000, making it the fastest-selling LP of the year so far.

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Image caption Years & Years are yet to release their debut album

Last weekend saw the first UK album chart to count streaming data alongside sales.

The most-streamed album of the last seven days was Brit winner Ed Sheeran's X with 3,700 plays taking it to number three.

Sam Smith's Grammy-winning In The Lonely Hour was number two in the album chart.

UK Country duo The Shires made chart history by becoming the first British country band to score a UK top 10 album with their record Brave.

In the singles race, Years & Years ended the four-week reign of Ellie Goulding, whose Love Me Like You Do dropped to number two.

Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney's Four Five Seconds climbed to number three from five, while Hozier's Take Me To Church fell two places to number four.

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