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When former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger performed a solo show in London last week, possibly even more surprising than her managing to fill the Hammersmith Apollo was the discovery that her fans have their own name: Killer Lovers (a play on the title of her album, Killer Love).

Britons rule in the album charts

Adele is at the forefront of a new British revival in the album charts with home-grown artists recording their best sales since the mid-1990s when Oasis and the Spice Girls ruled.

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Amy Winehouse reached the top of the album chart last night, more than four months after her death. Her posthumous collection Lioness: Hidden Treasures, which features original tracks and covers, was released last Monday.

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