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Adele beats Brit winners to album No. 1

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Adele '21'
Adele has fought off competition from a slew of Brit Award winners to keep 21 atop the UK album chart for a fourth week.

The singles chart champion also sees her debut LP 19 return to the top five at four following her Brit Awards performance on Tuesday, making her the first living artist to have two top five hits in both the singles and album charts simultaneously since The Beatles back in 1964.

Martin Talbot of the Official Charts Company commented: "It is a fantastic week for both Adele and the Brits. For Adele to match a record of the Beatles is an extraordinary, historic achievement."

Also benefiting from this week's Brits are Mumford & Sons, who score their highest chart position to date with 'British Album Of The Year' Sigh No More, which leaps 17 places to two. Similarly, double winner Tinie Tempah zooms 19 positions to six with Disc-Overy, while Plan B celebrates picking up the 'Male Solo Artist' gong by seeing The Defamation Of Strickland Banks leap to seven from 24.

Just behind them at eight is a new entry from PJ Harvey entitled Let England Shake, while Cee Lo Green capitalises on his Brits win and Paloma Faith duet by hopping seven places to 11 with The Lady Killer.

Finally, re-entering the chart this week based on their awards success are Arcade Fire, whose 'International Album' gong sees The Suburbs land at 14, and 'British Female' winner Laura Marling, whose I Speak Because I Can rockets to 21 from last week's 80.

The top ten in full:

1. (1) Adele: '21'
2. (15) Mumford & Sons: 'Sigh No More'
3. (3) Rihanna: 'Loud'
4. (6) Adele: '19'
5. (2) Bruno Mars: 'Doo Wops & Hooligans'
6. (25) Tinie Tempah: 'Disc-Overy'
7. (24) Plan B: 'The Defamation Of Strickland Banks'
8. (-) PJ Harvey: 'Let England Shake'
9. (4) Eva Cassidy: 'Simply Eva'
10. (10) Take That: 'Progress'

Source: Official Charts Company

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