Les Miserables soundtrack tops UK album chart

The soundtrack to Tom Hooper’s Oscar-nominated Les Miserables has become

Tom Hopper

Tom Hopper

the first cast recording to top the UK and Ireland album chart in 16 years.
it has knocked Brit-nominated Emeli Sande’s best-selling Our Version of Events into second-place with newcomer Jake Bugg’s self-titled debut in third.

The last musical to achieve a similar feat was the soundtrack to the film Evita, starring Madonna, in 1997.

Will.i.am and Britney Spears had the number one single for a second week.

Their track, Scream & Shout, held off competition from rapper 50 Cent, whose new release, My Life, featuring Eminem and Maroon 5′s Adam Levine, entered the chart at number two.

Also failing to claim the top spot was singer-turned-actor Justin Timberlake, who released his first single in six years – Suit and Tie, featuring Jay-Z – earlier this week.