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Michael Jackson tops U.K. albums chart with posthumous release

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May 18, 2014 | 2:56pm EDT

Michael Jackson has been crowned the king of the U.K. albums chart on the fifth anniversary of his death. The King of Pop's new posthumous release, Xscape, narrowly beat The Black Keys to debut at number one, with the rockers' Turn Blue entering at two. News of Jackson's chart victory emerged hours before the superstar is due to be resurrected onstage at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. The late icon will appear in hologram form at Sunday's (18May14) prizegiving as part of a tribute performance celebrating the success of Xscape. Meanwhile, singer Rita Ora has claimed the top spot in the U.K. singles chart with I Will Never Let You Down, a track written by her boyfriend, DJ Calvin Harris. She says of the achievement, "I'm honoured. As you can see, I have no words! I can't believe it... I'm just so happy that my fans are so supportive because this is a special, personal song for me..." And she adds of Harris, "He's had such an incredible career in his own right. It was such a clear, easy song to do. There was nobody else involved other than me and Calvin. It all happened really naturally."

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