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Rihanna tops charts with lowest sales

ALBUM sales have fallen to a new low after Rihanna topped the UK chart with a weekly sale of under 10,000 copies for the first time since statistical records began.

Talk That Talk, the album released by the Barbadian singer last year, returned to the number one slot with sales of just 9,578 CDs and downloads combined.

It is the lowest weekly sales recorded for a chart-topper since market research company Millward Brown began compiling data for the Official Charts Company in 1994.

The previous record low was the 11,981 set by The Cranberries' Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? 947 weeks ago, Music Week said.

The Olympics and a weak Summer release programme were cited as contributory factors for the poor sales.

But while digital singles are on the rise, sales of the long-form album fell 13.8 per cent in the first half of 2012 claims industry body BPI.