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The Killers beat Guns N' Roses to UK album top spot

The Killers, Day & Age

Story by Jack Foley

THE Killers have beaten Guns N’ Roses to the top of the UK album charts with their new album, Day & Age.

The top spot means the Las Vegas rockers have now scored three No.1s from each of their releases and surprised many pundits given the anticipation surrounding the new Guns N’ Roses record.

Axl Rose’s Chinese Democracy, which is widely rumoured to be the most expensive album ever recorded, was forced to settle for second place despite an extensive marketing campaign.

Of the other notable releases vying for high chart placements last week, Alesha Dixon – who enjoyed a career revival after winning 2007’s Strictly Come Dancing – only entered the album chart at No. 26 with her sophomore effort, The Alesha Show, while I’d Do Anything judge John Barrowman was at 35 with Music, Music, Music.

Kanye West’s decision to abandon rap in favour of singing didn’t seem to impress as many fans as the rapper would have hoped – as his latest album, 808s And Heartbreaks, missed out on the top 10, landing at a disappointing 11.

This comes in stark contrast to the performance of his last record, Graduation, which went straight into the UK album chart at No.1 in 2007.

In the singles chart, Take That took top spot with their new single Greatest Day, knocking Beyonce to two after a week at the top.

The band have now scored 11 UK number ones, and their new album The Circus is easily expected to top the LP chart next week.

Read our review of The Killers’ LP