Paul Simon 'elated' as album storms to number one


An "elated" Paul Simon has scored his first number one studio album in 26 years.

Best known as one half of legendary duo Simon and Garfunkel, his 13th solo album Stranger To Stranger sailed straight into the top spot and has become his fifth chart-topper.

Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon

Although he reached the prime position with his career retrospective The Ultimate Collection last year, this is his first studio album since Rhythm Of The Saints in 1990 to reach number one.

He told "I don't know a recording artist who wouldn't be elated to have a number one album.

"A big thank you to everyone who thought enough of the music to go out and buy it. I hope it stands up to multiple listens."

Drake's album Views stayed at two, but his lead single One Dance notched a ninth week at the top and became the longest-reigning number one in nine years.

If the track can hold on for just seven more days, it will equal the 10-week tenure of Rihanna's Umbrella from 2007.

Justin Timberlake's Can't Stop The Feeling settles for second place for the fourth week in a row, while Rihanna and Calvin Harris' This Is What You Came For sits at three.

Justin Timberlake performing at Eurovision

Kungs vs Cookin' On 3 Burners' This Girl rockets six places to four, and X Factor winner Louisa Johnson's collaboration with Clean Bandit finds itself climbing in the top five for the first time.

Completing the album chart are Coldplay's A Head Full Of Dreams at three, Beyonce's Lemonade at four, and last week's number one, The Ride by Catfish and the Bottlemen, at five.