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Dame Vera Lynn tops album chart

Dame Vera Lynn: 'I'm staggered'

Forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn has become the oldest living artist to top the UK album chart.

The 92-year-old, who told BBC News she was "surprised" at going to number one, knocked last week's chart-toppers Arctic Monkeys into fourth place.

She achieved her success with her album, We'll Meet Again - The Very Best of Vera Lynn, which has been steadily climbing the chart in recent weeks.

Pixie Lott is top of this week's singles charts with Boys and Girls.

Her single has climbed a massive 72 places since last week.


Dame Vera, who kept up the spirits of millions of soldiers during World War II, first re-entered the charts at the end of August.

Older often has the advantage of experience (not always) but younger can add fresh ideas and variety.
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She held off competition from Jamie T's latest album, Kings and Queens, which reached number two.

The veteran singer said she would "never have dreamt" that the album would have charted again - let alone go to number one.

"But there you go, you never know what's round the corner do you?" she said.

Dame Vera revealed she was out in France celebrating with her daughter, who was "more excited" about the news than she was.

Pixie Lott
1. Pixie Lott (pictured) - Boys and Girls
2. David Guetta and Akon - Sexy Chick
3. Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West - Run This Town
4. Mika - We Are Golden
5. Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
Source: The Official Charts Company

Despite finding fame for a second time, Dame Vera insisted her singing days are "well behind her" and she has no plans to start recording again.

The album was originally released to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the declaration of war.

Four Beatles albums appear in the top 10, after the re-mastered full collection of their music hit shops during the week.

Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band reached the highest position at number five, followed by Abbey Road at six, Revolver in ninth place and Rubber Soul at 10.

Cribs' new album, Ignore The Ignorant, debuted at number eight.

In this week's singles chart, Mika, Mini Viva and Muse all had new singles out, which reached number four, seven and nine respectively.

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