Morrissey back on top with No 1 album

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Heaven knows Morrissey might be happy now that his new album has rocketed to the top of the chart.

Ringleader of the Tormentors, his first album for two years, secured the No 1 one slot today. The achievement is all the more impressive given that the entire album was reportedly leaked on an internet fansite back in March.

The Smiths' former frontman shows no signs of slowing up, even with his 47th birthday approaching. The album was recorded in Rome and produced by Tony Visconti, famed for his work with T Rex and David Bowie.

Morrissey has started a 38-date 2006 world tour where tickets for the UK shows sold out within 20 minutes. Meanwhile his single, "You Have Killed Me", fell to No 20 from No 3 in the chart.

Gnarls Barkley held on to the No 1 spot in the singles chart with the inescapable "Crazy" which hit the headlines last week when it became the first song to claim the top spot without selling a single CD, instead registering all its sales through downloads.

Gnarls Barkley is a musical link up between Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo and their first album, St Elsewhere, is expected out later this month.