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MUSIC BOX: Olly Murs Does The Double, Blondie's Forest Concerts And Christmas Singles From Glasvegas And The Killers

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CHART TOPPERS

Cheeky pop star Olly Murs is the king of the charts this week after reaching number one with an album and single.

The former 'X Factor' singer's third album 'Right Place Right Time' went straight in at number one on the Official Albums Chart.

With an 127,000 copies sold in its first week, 'Right Place Right Time' is also the fastest-selling male solo album of the year.

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Olly Murs does the double

It's a surprising result for a singer who many had dismissed as having had his day in the charts once he began co-presenting 'X Factor' spin-off show 'The Xtra Factor'.

Murs' single 'Troublemaker', featuring US rapper Flo Rida ,held firm for a second week at number one on the Official Singles Chart.

Meanwhile, Bruno Mars and Rihanna shoot back into the Official Singles Chart top three following appearances on 'X Factor', with 'Locked Out Of Heaven' and 'Diamonds' finishing the week at number two and three respectively.

On the Official Albums Charts, former 'X Factor' graduates One Direction held firm at number two with 'Take Me Home'.

GIGS TO LOOK OUT FOR

Fancy going to a gig with a difference? Blondie have announced they will play seven forest concerts next summer, performing their hits as part of the Forestry Commission’s annual concert series Forest Live.

Free from commercial branding or sponsorship, the income generated from ticket sales is spent on improving the local forests for both people and wildlife.

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Blondie will play in forests

For dates and ticket information visit www.forestry.gov.uk/music.

Meanwhile, tickets are now on sale for the Isle Of Wight festival in June, which has once again attracted some decent acts to perform.

Next year's headliners will be The Stone Roses and Bon Jovi. Jake Bugg, The Script, Bloc Party, Paloma Faith, The Maccabees, Ellie Goulding, Happy Mondays, Fun, Bonnie Raitt, Imperial Teen, The Farm, Blondie and Republica will also perform - with more artists to be announced in the coming weeks.

Get your tickets for the first major fesitval of the summer here www.isleofwightfestival.com

OPEN YOUR EARS

It's that time of year when bands start releasing their Christmas songs. One of note is Glasvegas's 'No Her, No HYmN', which can be downloaded for free from the Glasgow band's website – Glasvegas.net – although they have asked fans for a voluntary donation to Scottish Care and Information on Miscarriages (SCIM).

The charity supports those who have suffered a miscarriage and provides information to families. Take a listen to the track below:

Vegas rockers The Killers have also unveiled their Christmas single.

'I Feel It in My Bones', featuring Ryan Pardey on vocals, is the band's seventh consecutive Christmas single and is a sequel to their 2007 track 'Don't Shoot Me, Santa'. You can preview the song in honour of World AIDS Day on the Rolling Stone website.