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Les Miserables film soundtrack tops UK album chart

Les Miserables

Story by Jack Foley

THE soundtrack to Tom Hooper’s film version of Les Miserables has shot to the top of the UK album charts.

In doing so, it has become the first cast recording in 16 years to achieve that success.

And it has knocked Brit-nominated Emeli Sande’s best-selling Our Version of Events into second-place and newcomer Jake Bugg’s self-titled debut into third.

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

Les Miserables features all the well-known songs from the beloved musical re-recorded by an ensemble cast including Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried.

Hathaway has been Oscar-tipped for her heartbreaking rendition of I Dreamed A Dream, while further highlights come in the form of Eddie Redmayne’s Empty Chairs & Tables and Who Am I? by Hugh Jackman.

Indeed, Les Miserables‘s success was not limited to the album chart as Hathaway’s aforementioned I Dreamed A Dream has landed the actress her first top 40 hit by climbing 58 places to number 22.

At the top of the singles chart, meanwhile, Will.I.Am and Britney Spears held on for a second week with their track Scream & Shout, beating off competition from singer-turned-actor Justin Timberlake, whose first single in six years, Suit and Tie (featuring Jay-Z), came in third.