Bruce Springsteen beats Military Wives to No.1 with ‘Wrecking Ball’

Bruce Springsteen has beat The Military Wives Choir to the top of the UK album chart with his 17th studio LP Wrecking Ball.

The legendary rocker finished 18,000 copies ahead of In My Dreams, the debut record from Gareth Malone’s armed forces collective, who became the 2011 Christmas number one with charity single ‘Wherever You Are’.

Last week’s winning artist Emeli Sandé slips to third after a fortnight in pole position with Our Version Of Events, while Adele’s 21, Ed Sheeran’s + and Born To Die by Lana Del Rey also drop two to fill places four to six.

Also making a triumphant return to the chart this Sunday is Lionel Richie, who lands at seven with his tenth studio album Tuskegee. The opus, named after his hometown in Alabama, features collaborations from the likes of Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Shania Twain and Pixie Lott.

Secret Symphony , the classical-inspired fifth studio album by Katie Melua, is today’s fourth new entry at eight, while Gotye tumbles from six to ten with Making Mirrors.

Gilbert O’Sullivan’s Very Best Of collection is new at 12, kickstarting another slew of debuts in the shape of Barton Hollow by Civil Wars at 13 and Justin Fletcher – aka Mr Tumble – with Hands Up at 16.

Elsewhere, Chris Isaak returns to the top 20 after climbing an impressive 13 slots to 17 with Beyond The Sun, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds drop from 12 to 18 with their self-titled album and El Camino by The Black Keys is down three to 18.

Source: Official Charts Company