US nu-metal outfit Linkin Park have earned their second UK number one album with Minutes to Midnight, ending Arctic Monkeys four-week reign at the top of the charts.

The six-strong Californian group got their first number one four years ago with second album Meteora, but neither discs are likely to approach the 15 million-plus sales of debut Hybrid Theory.

Also making a dent on the album chart this week was singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright with Release the Stars at two, while post-punk Welsh group Funeral For A Friend are a place behind with Tales Don't Tell Themselves.

There is a new number one in the singles chart as well, with Rihanna and Jay-Z gatecrashing the top spot with Umbrella based on download sales alone.

Maroon 5's comeback single Makes me Wonder is at two, with Beautiful Liar by Shakira and Beyonce; and Snow Patrol's Signal Fire  from the Spider-Man 3 soundtrack  at three and four respectively.

Pop group Hellogoodbye complete the top five with Here (In Your Arms).

Last week's number one holders McFly are nowhere to be seen however, with double-A side Baby's Coming Back/Transylvania speeding down the charts to number 20.

And in yet more chart oddity, Eurovision flops Scooch are still in the top ten at eight with Flying the Flag (For You), a week after being soundly trounced by the musical giants of Serbia and Ukraine in Helsinki.

Top UK singles (last week's position)

1 Umbrella  Rihanna featuring Jay-Z (new entry)
2 Makes Me Wonder  Maroon 5 (19)
3 Beautiful Liar  Beyonce and Shakira (2)
4 Signal Fire  Snow Patrol (17)
5 Here (In Your Arms)  Hellogoodbye (11)
6 Cupid's Chokehold  Gym Class Heroes (4)
7 Don't Matter  Akon (3)
8 Flying the Flag (For You)  Scooch (5)
9 Give it to Me  Timbaland, Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake (7)
10 Shine  Booty Luv (25)

Top UK albums

1 Minutes to Midnight  Linkin Park (new entry)
2 Release the Stars  Rufus Wainwright (new entry)
3 Tales Don't Tell Themselves  Funeral for a Friend (new entry)
4 Favourite Worst Nightmare  Arctic Monkeys (1)
5 Call Me Irresponsible  Michael Buble (3)

20/05/2007 19:54:04