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One Direction channel Blondie to score third number one single

The band "One Direction" performs on NBC's Today show in New York November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Burton
The band "One Direction" performs on NBC's Today show in New York November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

LONDON (Reuters) - Boy band and talent show alumni One Direction raced to the top of the charts this week with the fastest selling single of 2013 so far, while BRIT Award winner Emili Sande reclaimed the top of the album chart, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday.

X-Factor finalists One Direction went in at number one with charity single "One Way Or Another", a cover of the Blondie classic. The single is the five-member group's third number one and sixth top-ten single in less than 18 months.

Elsewhere in the top ten, U.S. heartthrob Justin Timberlake jumped 24 places to number four with "Mirrors".

In the album chart Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sande, fresh from winning the coveted best album and best British female gongs at the BRIT awards earlier this month, retook the top spot with "Our Version Of Events".

Sande's debut album is Britain's top selling album of 2012 and has now been at the chart summit for nine non-consecutive weeks since its release just over a year ago.

The only new entry in the album top ten was "Push The Sky Away" by Australian rockers Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds at number three, the group's highest charting album in Britain so far.

(Reporting by Mohammed Abbas; Editing by Stephen Powell)

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