David Bowie, 66, has scored his first number one album in 20 years with a record that is also the fastest selling of the year so far.
The star's new studio album The Next Day, his first new material in nearly a decade, is his first chart topper since 1993's Black Tie White Noise, the Official Charts Company said.
The Next Day racked up 94,000 sales this week, beating Biffy Clyro's Opposites which sold 71,600 copies in its opening week in January.
Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events slipped one place to number three, while last week's chart toppers Bastille fell three places to number four with Bad Blood.
This week's top five is completed by Bruno Mars's Unorthodox Jukebox.
In the singles chart, Justin Timberlake denied mid-week leader Nicole Scherzinger a second UK number one by claiming a third week at the top with Mirrors.
Nicole, a former Pussycat Doll, headed a tight race on Wednesday's official chart update with the new Will.I.Am-produced single Boomerang, taken from her forthcoming second solo album.
As momentum slowed in the second half of the week, Boomerang slipped to number six with Mirrors holding strong to cement a third consecutive week at number one.
One Direction's Comic Relief single One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks) is up four places to number two.
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