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Jay-Z tops British album chart for first time

Plus:Vinay Pathak to play Indian independence hero; Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez wed; Jimmy Kimmel marries show's head writer.

The American rapper Jay-Z's latest album Magna Carta... Holy Grail is No 1 in the British album charts. Evan Agostini / Invision / AP
The American rapper Jay-Z's latest album Magna Carta... Holy Grail is No 1 in the British album charts. Evan Agostini / Invision / AP

Jay-Z tops British album chart for first time

Jay-Z has reached the top of the British album charts for the first time with his new release Magna Carta... Holy Grail, according to the Official Charts Company, which compiles the weekly rundown. He saw off a challenge from the Scottish veteran Rod Stewart, whose album Time climbed three places to number two. The English folk rock band Passenger took third place with All the Little Lights. On the singles chart, Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines took the No 1 spot, displacing the British soul singer John Newman’s Love Me Again. The Swedish DJ Sebastian Ingrosso placed third with his dance hit Reload. – Reuters

Vinay Pathak to play Indian independence hero

The Bollywood actor Vinay Pathak has lined up the title role in the director Ananth Mahadevan’s new biopic Gaur Hari Dastaan. Pathak will play Gaur Hari Das of Odisha, who waged a 60-year campaign against the Indian government to gain recognition for his role in the country’s independence from British rule. “It is a wonderful role and is fantastically directed. I am looking forward to it,” said Pathak. The film also stars Konkona Sen Sharma as Hari Das’s wife. Pathak will also soon be seen in the comedy Bajatey Raho. – IANS

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez wed

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez were married over the weekend in France, her representative revealed on Sunday. Berry, 46, is pregnant with the couple’s child and is due this fall. They announced their engagement early last year. Berry and Martinez, 47, married on Saturday at a château in Vallery, France. It is the third marriage for Berry, who is divorced from the former baseball player David Justice and the singer Eric Benét. – Reuters

Jimmy Kimmel marries show’s head writer

A number of Hollywood stars reportedly attended the wedding of the television host Jimmy Kimmel to Molly McNearney, the co-head writer on his Jimmy Kimmel Live show, at the weekend. According to Us magazine, among the 300 guests were Ben Affleck and his wife Jennifer Garner, Matt Damon and his wife Luciana and Jennifer Aniston and her fiance Justin Theroux. Other big names included Ellen DeGeneres, Emily Blunt, Portia De Rossi, Howard Stern and Johnny Knoxville. – The National staff

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