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Madonna’s new album MDNA hit the number-one spot in the UK charts yesterday – her 12th chart-topping album means she’s the artist with the most solo number-one albums EVER, beating the previous record of 11, set by Elvis Presley.

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The next record to beat is The Beatles, who had 15 number-one albums. Madge has set a fair few records of her own, though – her 1990 greatest hits compilation The Immaculate Collection spent nine consecutive weeks at number one, a first for a female solo artist.

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MDNA has sold 39,000 copies in its first week and looks set to top the US charts too. Congratulations, Madonna!

By Harriet Reuter Hapgood