Katy Perry scores fourth UK Number One single with 'Roar'

The track also marks the singer's fastest-selling UK single of her career

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Katy Perry has scored her fourth Number One single as 'Roar' raced to the top of the Official UK Singles Chart this evening (September 8).

The track, which is the first to be taken from Perry's forthcoming new album 'Prism', has also become her fastest-selling UK single of her career after it sold 179,500 copies in its first week on sale. Previously, her 2010 track 'California Gurls', which featured a guest appearance from Snoop Dogg, held that title, having sold 123,600 copies in the initial seven days it was available. 'Roar' is also the third fastest-selling single in the UK this year, behind Avicii's 'Wake Me Up' and Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines ft TI & Pharrell Williams'.

Speaking to Radio 1's Official Chart show host Jameela Jamil, Perry expressed her excitement at topping the chart once again, saying: "I love the UK! The UK is one of the most important groups of people in the world for me because I feel like the UK is so ahead of the zeitgeist… They are the zeitgeist! I love going over there, and I'm going to be going over several times this year."

She continued: "The UK is where a lot of music trends start. It's where some of the coolest music comes out of, music that's influenced me; I'm listening to AlunaGeorge at the moment, and all that great stuff that you guys have been listening to for the last eight months, by the way!"

Elsewhere in the official UK Singles Chart, Ellie Goulding's 'Burn' has dropped from Number One, where it spent three weeks, to Number Two. 'Wake Me Up' by Avicii is at Number Three, whilst Klangkarussell's 'Sonnentanz (Sun Don't Shine) ft Will Heard' is at Number Four. The Cedric Gervais remix of Lana Del Rey's 'Summertime Sadness' completes the Top Five. You Me At Six have bagged their highest ever charting single with 'Living A Lie' at Number 11, whilst London Grammar have achieved their second Top 40 hit with 'Strong' at Number 17.

Meanwhile, in the Official UK Albums Chart, The 1975's self-titled debut album has knocked Avenged Sevenfold off the top spot to claim the Number One Album this week and has outsold Nine Inch Nails' 'Hesitation Marks' by two and a half copies to one. The Trent Reznor-fronted band have claimed this week's Number Two spot, marking the best chart placing of their career. Babyshambles have scored their second Top 10 album with their third record 'Sequel To The Prequel' has entered the charts at Number 10.

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