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Dame Vera Lynn tops UK album chart

Dame Vera Lynn, The Best Of

Story by Jack Foley

DAME Vera Lynn has become the oldest living artist to top the UK album chart at the age of 92.

The Forces sweetheart knocked last week’s chart-toppers Arctic Monkeys into fourth place with her retrospective release, We’ll Meet Again – The Very Best of Vera Lynn.

Lynn, who kept up the spirits of millions of soldiers during World War II, first re-entered the charts at the end of August and has been steadily climbing the chart in recent weeks.

But the veteran performer told the BBC she was extremely surprised and would “never have dreamt” of topping the charts again, let alone breaking into the Top 40.

“But you never know what’s round the corner do you?” she said.

Dame Vera’s album was originally released to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the declaration of war, but despite its success the singer has no plans to record an LP of new material.

This week’s album chart was dominated by veteran performers. Aside from Dame Vera’s success, four Beatles albums appear in the top 10, following the re-issue of re-mastered collections of their music.

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.

Of the current artists battling for position, Jamie T’s sophomore album, Kings and Queens, reached number two.

The singles chart, meanwhile, is topped by Pixie Lott with Boys and Girls, which climbed a massive 72 places since last week to give the hotly-tipped new artist her second UK No.1.

Lott’s album, Turn It Up, is released today. Read our review