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LONDON (AP) — Enjoyed the music-packed Olympics opening ceremony? Now you can buy the album — and thousands have.
The soundtrack album, which went on sale as a download minutes after Friday's ceremony ended, has topped the iTunes album chart in Britain, France, Belgium and Spain, and has reached No. 5 in the United States.
It's No. 5 on the overall British album chart less than two days after its release.
Director Danny Boyle's spectacular opening ceremony was a rollicking celebration of British music. The album includes tracks from — among others — David Bowie, The Pet Shop Boys, Chemical Brothers, Dizzee Rascal, Emeli Sande, Arctic Monkeys and Underworld.
Universal Music will also release an album of the London Olympics' Aug. 12 closing ceremony, which will feature British acts including The Who.
Lizzie Armitstead has won Team GB's first medal of the London Olympics after coming second in the women's road cycle race.
Armitstead was beaten in a tight finish in the Mall by Marianne Vos of the Netherlands. Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya was third.
Nicole Cooke, the champion four years ago in Beijing, finished some way behind the leaders in the main peloton.
Armitstead, Cooke and fellow Brit Emma Pooley were hoping to make up for Mark Cavendish's shock defeat in the men's road race yesterday.
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Well Done Rebecca Adlington for winning the Bronze Medal, 400m Freestyle in the almost impossible lane 8.
Ok, she won the Gold Medal 4 years ago but the world has moved on and got faster. Becky's best race is yet to come, the 800m Freestyle which she is the defending champion. The Bronze medal was a most welcome bonus for all the hard work she's put in.
Well done Becky.
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Jordyn Wieber, the reigning world champion, fails to make the women's all around.
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Michael Phelps breaks Olympic record with 4x200m freestyle gold
Michael Phelps won a record 19th Olympic medal as he helped the US team to gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay.
It means Phelps also picked up his 15th gold medal as he swam the anchor leg to complete a winning time of six minutes 59.70 seconds ahead of France in second and China in third.
Ryan Lochte put the US team in total control with a blistering first leg and they barely lost their advantage.
Phelps overtakes gymnast Larisa Latynina who has 18 medals.
Quite an achievement!!! Now he can enjoy chocolate
Olympic Equestrian: Princess Royal awards GB medals
Play mediaZara Phillips and the Great Britain eventing team have their medals presented to them by the Princess Royal after earning a historic silver at Greenwich Park .
Phillips, world number one William Fox-Pitt, Nicola Wilson, Tina Cook and Mary King, competing at her sixth Olympics, pipped New Zealand to second place with Germany taking gold.
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I watched the Three-Day Eventing Team, it was good to watch.
Good Luck to Bradley Wiggins today. He becomes the most celebrated British Olympian of all time if he picks up a medal today, a medal of any colour.
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What were these halfwits in the badminton at, deliberately trying to lose?
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Mrs. JR Ewing (08-01-2012)
I know! What a bunch of idiots!
The last I heard they were all four disqualified, but now I'm hearing that they have been reinstated....WTH!!
Women's rowing pair Helen Glover and Heather Stanning have won Team GB's first gold medal of the London Olympics.
The duo also became the first British women to take an Olympic rowing gold in front of an ecstatic crowd at Eton Dorney.
They led from the front in a dominant performance which saw the opposition trail in their wake.
The favourites crossed the line in 7 minutes, 27.13 seconds. Australia took silver, a length back, with New Zealand earning the bronze.
I don't think we've heard the end of this, somehow.
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Bradley Wiggins became Britain's most decorated Olympian when he took gold in the cycling time trial on Wednesday
Praise has poured in for cyclist Bradley Wiggins and the women's rowing duo after they scooped Britain's first gold medals of the Games.
Tour de France winner Wiggins became the most decorated Olympian in British history, with a total of seven medals.
He won the cycling time trial after Helen Glover and Heather Stanning rowed to a historic victory, with the UK prime minister hailing the trio.
GB's Michael Jamieson later took the silver in the men's 200m breaststroke.
Team GB kept the nation waiting until day five of the Games for the first home gold medals, however there are high hopes for further podium finishes in Thursday's cycling.
After his victory, Wiggins, 32, cycled through cheering crowds gathered at Hampton Court, where he hugged his wife Catherine and his children Ben and Isabella.
Glover and Stanning "overjoyed" at gold
David Cameron described the successes in rowing and cycling as a "golden moment for Britain".
A wonderful day yesterday in British Olympic history.
I can't wait for today and the days ahead. Bring it on.
Chris Hoy wins his FIFTH gold medal in the Mens Team Sprint event equalling Steve Redgrave's record for gold medals