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Singer Jackson tops album chart
Michael Jackson
Jackson's album includes classic hits like Thriller
Singer Michael Jackson has topped the UK album chart with his latest release, despite facing charges of child abuse.

Jackson's Number Ones release beat Busted into second place, while Kylie Minogue's new album Body Language made its initial chart entry at number six.

In the singles chart, Westlife secured their 11th number one with Mandy.

Jackson, 45, has been freed on $3m bail as he awaits trial on charges of child molestation, which he denies.

The battle for the top of the album chart had been one of the year's most anticipated contests, with several high profile albums in the running.

Jackson's compilation beat Let it Be... Naked by The Beatles.

The Beatles album is a remix of their 1970 album Let it Be, without the production techniques of Wall of Sound creator Phil Spector. It entered the chart at number seven.

Westlife have topped the UK singles chart 11 times

Jackson's record features hits from his career stretching back into the 1970s, including songs such as Thriller, Billie Jean, Bad and Earth Song.

British singer Dido took third place in the album chart with her second album Life For Rent slipping down from number one last week.

In the singles chart, Girls Aloud came in at number two with Jump, while Fame Academy winner Alex Parks made her chart debut at number three.

Busted, who topped the chart last week with Crashed the Wedding, fell to number four.

Britney Spears's new single, Me Against the Music, dropped from number two to number six.

Enrique Iglesias, the son of Spanish crooner Julio, just missed out on a top 10 place with his new song Addicted, which entered the chart at number 11.

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