Fourth number one album

It is the X Factor star’s fourth number one album, with only his self-titled debut having missed the top spot.

Murs sold 58,000 copies of the record to oust his friend Robbie Williams from the chart summit.

The singer said he was “so excited and happy” about topping the chart, adding that the album was the “most personal” he had ever made.

He added: “It’s an amazing achievement for me to have had four number one albums in a row, so thanks to my fans for continuing to support me!”

The success of the record is all the more remarkable as Murs failed to score a major hit with its first two singles.

You Don’t Know Love, released in July, peaked at number 15 while the follow-up, Grow Up, failed to make the top 40 until this week, jumping from 61 to 25.

Murs’s tally of four number one albums means he now ties with One Direction as the most successful X Factor act on the album chart.

Sande’s long-awaited second album, Long Live the Angels, enters the chart at two while Cliff Richard’s latest release, Just Fabulous Rock N Roll, debuts at four.

Leonard Cohen’s final album, You Want It Darker, climbed 22 places to number seven after news of his death broke last Friday.

His best of collection, The Essential Leonard Cohen, also re-enters the chart at 26.

Nathan Sykes’ debut album Unfinished Business lands at Number 11, just above a new David Bowie compilation, Legacy, at 13.

Sting’s new album, 57th & 9th, finishes at a surprisingly low 15, while a surprise new release by rap legends A Tribe Called Quest, called We Got It from Here, enters at 28.