March 9, 2009 / 7:39 AM / 10 years ago

U2 hit top spot in UK album chart for 10th time

Members of the rock group U2, Adam Clayton (L), Bono (2nd L), Edge (2nd R) and Larry Mullen (R), attend a ceremony where a portion of West 53rd Street was renamed U2 Way in New York, March 3, 2009. U2's new album No Line On The Horizon was released today. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

LONDON (Reuters) - Irish band U2 leapt straight to the top of the British album chart on Sunday with “No Line on The Horizon,” the fastest selling album of the year so far, the Official Charts Company said.

The band’s 12th studio album, expected to be one of the pop world’s biggest in 2009, was their 10th to top the British chart.

Only the Beatles and Elvis Presley have had more number one albums in Britain. The Beatles’ tally stands at 15 and Presley’s at 11.

Besides U2, only the Rolling Stones and Madonna have had 10 number one albums.

“No Line on the Horizon” is U2’s first album in more than four years. Their last, “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb,” sold 9 million copies worldwide.

Reporting by Stefano Ambrogi; Editing by Andrew Dobbie

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