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SUGARLAND BEAT KINGS OF LEON TO THE TOP OF U.S. CHARTS

Country duo Sugarland have stunned album chart watchers in the U.S. by beating Kings Of Leon to the top of the Billboard 200.

The act's The Incredible Machine has debuted at the top of the countdown with an impressive 203,000 sales - almost 20,000 more than Kings of Leon's Come Around Sundown, which debuts at two.

The Incredible Machine is Sugarland's third number one album.

Kings of Leon are hardly weeping - 184,000 sales gives them their highest charting album and best sales week ever.

Their previous best, Only By the Night, debuted at five in 2008 with 74,000 sales and peaked at four almost a year later.

Old pals Elton John and Rod Stewart also make a dent in the top five - Elton's collaborative album with Leon Russell, The Union, debuts at three, while Stewart's Fly Me To The Moon is a new entry at four.

Rapper Lil Wayne's former chart-topper I Am Not a Human Being rounds out the new top five.

Also debuting in the top 10 are Glee: the Rocky Horror Glee Show soundtrack, Shakira's new Spanish language album, Sale El Sol and Third Day.