Shania Twain and Tom Petty hit the charts

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Country star Shania Twain has beaten Wolf Alice number one, in the closest chart battle of the year.

Just 764 sale separated the two acts, with Wolf Alice give an early lead of the Canadian star.

Twain album is Now, its first since 2002, and comes after a period where she struggled with debilitating vocal problems.

US rock star Tom Petty has also returned to the map this week, after his sudden death, Monday, at the age of 66 years.

His 1993 greatest hits album, which features songs such as Free Fallin’, American Girl and Refugee, re-entered the Top 40 at number 14.


Other new entries this week from the pop acts, Demi Lovato (number five), Miley Cyrus (eight) and injuries (21).

The long buildup to Christmas has begun to exert its influence, with compilations by David Bowie, Michael Jackson and the Charger fit in the table, next to a live album of Pink Floyd star David Gilmour.

Twain’s chart battle with Wolf Alice came with a side-helping celebrity endorsements, with Jeremy Corbyn petitions from his supporters to buy the London independent group’s last album, Visions Of A Life.

“After helping Hand to beat the odds of the election, it’s great to see @WolfAliceMusic to do the same in the charts,” he wrote on Twitter, with a link to their online store.

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Twain, on the other hand, has gained the support of the former Direction of the star and labelmate at Virgin EMI) Niall Horan.

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In the singles chart, Sam Smith has been knocked out of first place by US rapper Post Malone.

His song, Rockstar, swapped places with Smith ballad Too Good To Review, which dropped to number two.

The love of the Island of stars Chris and Kem marked the week’s biggest new entry with some time off.

Despite the hopes that he could at the top of the chart, earlier this week, its sales were emptied and the duo finished at number 15.

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