Madonna sets a new record for most No.1 albums by solo singer with new release MDNA
00:57 GMT, 2 April 2012
Madonna's latest album topped the UK charts yesterday, setting a new record for the most number one albums by a solo artist.
The 53-year-old celebrated her 12th chart-topping album with MDNA, beating Elvis Presley's record of 11.
The dance music album has already sold more than 39,000 copies and is also on course to top the US charts.
Record breaker: Madonna, pictured in London in January, has entered the record books with her latest release MDNA
Its title – an abbreviation of Madonna's name – drew criticism from anti-drugs campaigners in January because of the similarity to class-A drug MDMA, a form of ecstasy.
Last week, the singer caused further controversy when she appeared to refer to the dance drug on stage in America.
She called out, 'How many people in this crowd have seen Molly'. Molly is a slang word for MDMA.
However, Madonna denied accusations that she had glamorised drug use.
She said: 'I don't support drug use and I never have.
Move to the beat: Her dance album MDNA has gone straight to No.1 in the UK album charts
'I was referring to the song called Have You Seen Molly written by my friend Cedric Gervais who I almost worked with on my new album.'
Although she is now the most successful solo artist in the album charts, Madonna has yet to beat The Beatles' record of 15 number one albums.
The singer has sold an estimated 200million albums in her 29-year career, amassing a $500millon (316 million) fortune.
Madonna's first chart-topping release was Like a Virgin in 1984.
In 1990, her compilation Immaculate Collection spent nine consecutive weeks at UK number one, a record for a female solo artist.
The success of MDNA is likely to come as a relief for the singer. The first single from the album, Give Me All Your Luvin', became one of her biggest chart flops in February when it peaked at only number 37.
Behind Madonna, singer Noah Stewart entered the charts as the second highest new entry and became the first black musician to get a number one album in the UK Classical Charts.
The tenor, from Harlem, new York, released his debut album Noah, a collection of hymns and famous arias.