Rod Stewart has No 1 album ... 34 years after his last one

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Rod Stewart has made chart history by scoring a UK No 1 album, 34 years after his last one.

The rock'n'roll veteran has hit the top spot with Time, setting a new record for the longest ever gap between No 1s. The last time Stewart hit the top spot was with his Greatest Hits Vol 1 in 1979 – and his last No 1 album of original material was A Night On the Town, back in 1976.

The record for the longest gap between No 1s was previously held by Tom Jones, who hit top spot in 2000 with Reload, nearly 32 years after Delilah. Stewart's return to songwriting was inspired by the writing of his recent autobiography, and the results have delivered him his eighth No 1 studio album, finishing 20,000 copies ahead of the nearest competition, singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin's English Rain.

On hearing the news, Stewart told the Official Charts Company: "Well, knock me down with a feather. Just goes to show there's plenty of songs left in the old fiddle. Thank you!" Meanwhile, Official Chart director Martin Talbot added: "It is a remarkable achievement by Rod to reach a total of 15 No 1s. He is truly a legend of the Official Singles and Official Album charts."

On the singles rundown, the Daft Punk juggernaut shows no sign of slowing down, with Get Lucky holding No 1 on the day that their album Random Access Memories is finally released.

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