Barbra Streisand's "Love Is The Answer" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) climbed 4-1 on the new U.K. album chart, becoming her sixth No. 1 on that survey, but her first chart-topping studio album since 1980. Giving Sony labels a chart double, North London rapper Chipmunk's "Oopsy Daisy" (Jive) debuted atop the singles countdown last night (Oct. 11).
Streisand last led the U.K. album market in 2002, when "The Essential Barbra Streisand" was No. 1, but the vocalist has only once before topped the list with a studio release, when "Guilty" for two weeks late in 1980. The new album was propelled to the top with the help of her appearance on a special edition of BBC1's "Friday Night With Jonathan Ross" Oct. 2 and sold 27,000 units last week, according to Official U.K. Charts Company data.
Madonna's "Celebration" (Warner Bros.) held at No. 2 as Paramore's "Brand New Eyes" (Fueled By Ramen/Warner Music) fell 1-3. "Reunited" (EMI), a new set of re-recorded greatest hits by chart veterans Cliff Richard and the Shadows, climbed 7-4, while the former No. 1 "We'll Meet Again - The Very Best of Dame Vera Lynn" (Decca/Universal) climbed back 10-5.