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Blur's Magic Whip tops album chart

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Image caption The Magic Whip was inspired by the band's travels in Asia

Blur's first studio album in 12 years has landed them at the top of the UK album chart.

The Magic Whip, which was partly recorded in Hong Kong, saw the four-piece back together to record for the first time since 2003's Think Tank.

They knocked last week's number one, Josh Groban's Stages, into fourth place.

The singles chart saw reggae artist Omi climb to the top with his track Cheerleader.

The song, first released in 2012, and now remixed by German DJ Felix Jaehn, had been in the charts for 18 weeks before making its way to number one.

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's See You Again, a tribute to late actor Paul Walker from the Fast and the Furious soundtrack, slipped one place to number two.

Carly Rae Jepson's I Really Like You, the follow-up to the equally catchy Call Me Maybe, was a new entry at number three.

The top five was completed by Lean On by Major Lazer ft Mo and DJ Snake at four, and Jess Glynne's previous number one Hold My Hand at number five.

The album chart saw little in the way of new entries aside from Blur, with Scottish twins The Proclaimers scoring the second highest new entry with Let's Hear it for the Dogs debuting at number 26.

Taylor Swift's 1989 was at number two, followed by James Bay's Chaos and the Calm at three.

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UK singles chart top five UK album chart top five
1. Cheerleader - OMI 1. The Magic Whip - Blur
2. See You Again - Wiz Khalifa ft Charlie Puth 2. 1989 - Taylor Swift
3. I Really Like You - Carly Rae Jepson 3. Chaos and the Calm - James Bay
4. Lean On - Major Lazer Ft Mo and DJ Snake 4. Stages - Josh Groban
5. Hold My Hand - Jess Glynne 5. Title - Meghan Trainor
Source: Official Charts Company

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