R&B star Chris Brown has scored his first UK number one album after his new release Fortune topped the British charts at the weekend.
The singer’s fifth album knocked Linkin Park’s Living Things from the number one spot into third, and outsold Maroon 5’s Overexposed, in second place, by 11,000 copies, according to the Official Charts Company.
In the singles chart, Brown’s track Don’t Wake Me Up climbed one notch to second place behind Maroon 5’s Payphone featuring rapper Wiz Khalifa.
The 23-year-old American artist’s latest offerings have been a big hit with British music fans, despite receiving a string of poor critical reviews. The album’s first single Turn Up the Music reached the top of the UK singles chart earlier this year.
Brown’s UK chart success comes as he apparently ramped up a feud with fellow rapper Drake. In a verse for a remix of The Game's track I Don't Like, he appears to mock the Take Care singer, saying: "One on one, what you scared bruh? Huh, matter of fact, take care bruh, You're a p***y n****."
The pair got into an altercation at New York's WIP nightclub, which left five people injured and Brown claiming he was hit by a bottle. The trouble was said to have started over rumours Drake had been romancing Brown's ex-girlfriend Rihanna.
After a domestic violence incident in a car on the way to the Grammy Awards in 2009, Brown was charged with felony assault and the couple broke up. A restraining order was issued, but was later lifted.
Brown and Rihanna have started talking again and recorded two duets together earlier this year – Birthday Cake and Turn Up The Music. The 24-year-old Barbadian beauty has even opened up to a magazine about her fear of falling in love again after being hurt by Brown.