Cilla tops album charts for the first time a day after her funeral

Cilla Black has posthumously scored her first number one album a day after her funeral.

The singer, who died aged 72 after a fall at her Spanish holiday villa, stormed up the charts with her The Very Best Of album.

It was originally released in 1983 but only managed to make it to number 20 the first time round.

Cilla had the biggest selling single by a female artist in the Sixties. Credit: PA

Dan Rhino, president of Cilla's Rhino record label, called it a "fitting tribute to an icon who shaped popular music and entertainment".

"Cilla had an extraordinary and unforgettable voice and her timeless music will inspire fans and musicians for generations to come," he added.

In the Sixties, Cilla had the biggest selling single by a female artist with her hit Anyone Who Had A Heart.

She also enjoyed six top 40 albums and 11 top 10 singles - behind only Dame Shirley Bassey and Petula Clarke, who both had 12.