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Ellie Goulding tops chart with 2012 album

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Jan 06, 2014 | 5:37am EST

British singer Ellie Goulding is celebrating after her 2012 album Halcyon finally topped the U.K. charts more than a year since it was first released. The Lights hitmaker's second record debuted at number two following its initial release in October, 2012, and it finally made it to the top of the British album chart on Sunday (05Jan14) after 65 weeks on sale. The record was re-issued last year (13) with eight bonus tracks and a new title, Halcyon Days, and it has now become Britain's first official number one album of 2014. Goulding celebrated the news in a series of posts on Twitter.com, writing, "Today my second album Halcyon went to No1. A cheeky 65 weeks after it was released... I love my fans, I love my team. Absolute dedication. Never felt so proud... thank you for your love." Goulding saw off competition from Take That star Gary Barlow, whose new solo record Since I Saw You Last landed in second place, ahead of Beyonce's self-titled record in third. Barlow's former bandmate Robbie Williams took fourth place with Swings Both Ways and Tribute by John Newman was fifth. In the singles chart, Pitbull landed the number one spot with Timber, his collaboration with Ke$ha. Pharrell Williams' former chart-topper Happy sank to second place ahead of Avicii's Hey Brother in third. The top five was rounded out by Jason Derulo's Trumpets and Ellie Goulding's How Long Will I Love You in fourth and fifth respectively.

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