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Andrea Bocelli Lands First No. 1 Album in the U.K. With 'Si'

Andrea Bocelli
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Andrea Bocelli poses for a portrait in New York on Oct. 29, 2015.

Andrea Bocelli lands his first No. 1 album in the U.K. with Si (Sugar/Decca/Universal), which also becomes the first classical album to top the artist chart for nearly 21 years. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's “Shallow” (Interscope/Universal) starts a second week atop the Official Charts Company's singles countdown.

The Bocelli album is the first classical bestseller since James Horner spent three weeks at the summit with the Titanic soundtrack early in 1998. For the last No. 1 by a classical vocalist, you have to go back even further, to 1996, when Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo led the way with The Three Tenors in Concert.

The Interscope soundtrack to A Star Is Born falls to No. 2 on the new album chart, while the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack (Virgin/Universal) is up 5-3. The Greatest Showman (Atlantic/Warner) is the third score album in this week's top four, falling 2-4 as English singer-songwriter Tom Odell's third set Jubilee Road (Columbia/Sony) becomes his third top five title in a row, starting at No. 5.

For the first time since 1992, Queen have two albums in the top ten, as the Bohemian Rhapsody movie helps The Platinum Collection (Virgin/EMI/Universal) vault 34-7. The band's durable Virgin/EMI Greatest Hits compilation -- officially the U.K.'s bestselling album ever -- leaps 78-23.

On the singles chart, the Gaga/Cooper track holds off the challenge of Little Mix's “Woman Like Me” (Interscope/Cash Money/Universal), featuring Nicki Minaj, which entered two weeks ago at No. 5 and now rebounds 6-2. “Promises” (Columbia/Sony) by Calvin Harris and Sam Smith is down 2-3; Dave's “Funky Friday” (Dave Neighbourhood), featuring Fredo, and “Happier” by Marshmello & Bastille (Positiva/Universal) are each down a place at Nos. 4 and 5. Freya Ridings bounces back 13-9 with “Lost Without You” (Good Soldier).