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Taylor Swift soars to the top of U.K. album chart

Taylor Swift has soared to the top of the U.K. album chart with her new release Reputation.

The follow-up to 1989 has toppled Sam Smith's The Thrill Of It All to become the singer's third U.K. number one album.

Reputation is already America's biggest selling album of the year (17), two days ahead of its official chart placing, but it failed to match an astonishing million-selling first few days sales on the other side of the Atlantic.

The record picked up 84,000 sales in the U.K. in its first week of release, becoming the sixth bestseller of 2017, behind The Thrill of It All, as well as records by Ed Sheeran, Rag'n'Bone Man, Take That, and Liam Gallagher.

The Thrill of It All falls to two, ahead of Michael Ball and Alfie Boe's Together Again at three.

Roy Orbison's A Love So Beautiful slips to four, while Elton John's 50th anniversary retrospective, Diamonds, rounds out the top five.

In the singles chart, Camilla Cabello's Latin-themed track Havana remains at number one for a third week, while Rita Ora's Anywhere climbs to two, swapping places with Post Malone and 21 Savage's Rockstar, which drops to three.

Sam Smith's Too Good At Goodbyes and Marshmello and Khalid's Silence round out the top five.