Military Wives top the UK album chart

In My Dreams knocks Bruce Springsteen off the number one spot on Mother's Day

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The Military Wives Choir’s debut album has gone to number one in the UK albums chart, according to the Official Charts Company.

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In My Dreams knocked US rocker Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball off the coveted top spot on Sunday in its second week on release.

A spokeswoman for the group said that making number one on Mother’s Day had “particularly special meaning to many of them.”

She said: “Most of the 247 choir members from five different military wives choirs across the country have children of their own. The choirs boast over 400 children between them and several more pregnancies in progress.”

The album, which includes cover versions of Bob Dylan, U2 and Coldplay tunes, features a guest appearance on its title track from former X Factor contestant Jonjo Kerr, who joined the choir for the romantic number, which tells the tale of a soldier separated from his lover while overseas.

The wives topped the charts last Christmas with their first single, Wherever You Are, under the tutelage of Gareth Malone, who put the group together for the BBC2 series The Choir: Military Wives.

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He said: “Once it was like a dream but now I’m starting to wonder whether this is really happening. These women’s singing has lifted the spirits of the nation. I’m proud to have been able to introduce the power of music to the women on this album who, in turn, are reaching out to military communities across the UK through song.”