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Olly Murs scores Official Charts double with Number 1 single and album

02/12/2012

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Olly Murs with the Official Number 1 Award

By Brand Barstein, Lauren Kreisler

Big congratulations goes out to Olly Murs as he scores the first Official Chart double of his career. It’s Olly’s first time as Number 1 on both the Official Albums Chart and the Official Singles Chart, following in the footsteps of Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams and One Direction, to become the fourth act this year to pull off the double.

True to its title, Olly’s new album Right Place Right Time goes straight to the top of the Official Albums Chart, making it his second Number 1 album in two years, following last December’s chart topper In Case You Didn’t Know.

And not just that, with an impressive 127,000 copies sold in its first week, Right Place Right Time is the fastest-selling male solo album of the year.

Meanwhile, Olly holds firm at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart for the second week running with the Flo Rida-assisted Troublemaker, which became Olly’s fourth Number 1 single last week.

Olly tells OfficialCharts.com:

"What an amazing result! Being top of the Official Singles AND Albums Charts is incredible. Thanks to everyone who bought my album, and I’m so happy you’re all loving Troublemaker for a second week in a row!”

Official Singles Chart:

Troublemaker holds firm at Number 1 for a second week running, while Bruno Mars and Rihanna shoot back into the Official Singles Chart Top 3 following appearances on X Factor, with Locked Out Of Heaven and Diamonds finishing the week at Number 2 and 3 respectively. Labrinth FT Emeli Sandé holds firm for another week at Number 4 with Beneath Your Beautiful while Alicia Keys is at 5 with Girl On Fire.

Kesha is this week’s highest new entry as new single Die Young comes in at Number 10. Further down the chart are two new entries from American indie outfit Imagine Dragons, whose Radioactive and Hear Me charts at Number 35 and 37 respectively, while Athlete’s 2005 single Wires comes in at Number 40 following Rylan Clark’s performance of the song on X Factor.

With the festive season just around the corner, two modern Christmas classics are tied as this week’s highest climbers on the Official Singles Chart. The Pogues FT Kirsty Maccoll’s seminal A Fairytale Of New York re-enters the Top 40 for the eighth year running as it jumps 26 places to Number 27, while Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You also climbs 26 places to finish the week at Number 30.

Taylor Swift’s I Knew You Were Trouble climbs 23 places to Number 24, having been released as a single this week. The song peaked at 23 back in October.

The Official Singles Chart Top 10 is as follows:

1 TROUBLEMAKER OLLY MURS FT FLO RIDA
2 LOCKED OUT OF HEAVEN BRUNO MARS
3 DIAMONDS RIHANNA
4 BENEATH YOUR BEAUTIFUL LABRINTH FT EMELI SANDE
5 GIRL ON FIRE ALICIA KEYS
6 THE POWER OF LOVE GABRIELLE APLIN
7 CANDY ROBBIE WILLIAMS
8 GANGNAM STYLE PSY
9 LITTLE THINGS ONE DIRECTION
10 DIE YOUNG KESHA

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Official Albums Chart:

Olly’s new album Right Place Right Time secured the Number 1 spot comfortably ahead of his closest rival, fellow X Factor graduates One Directon, who hold firm at Number 2 with Take Me Home. Last week’s chart-topper Rihanna drops two to Number 3 with Unapologetic, while two festive albums, Michael Buble’s deluxe version of Christmas and Rod Stewart’s Merry Christmas Baby both climb one place to finish the week at Number 4 and 5 respectively.

In addition to Olly Murs, there are eight new entries on this week’s Official Albums Chart.

The Very Best of Neil Diamond is at Number 8, while the new Girls Aloud greatest hits compilation Ten enters at Number 9. Jeff Wayne’s The War Of The Worlds – New Generation is at Number 13, while Girl On Fire, the fifth studio album from Alicia Keys finishes the week at Number 15.

The week’s new entries are completed by Il Divo’s Greatest Hits (17), McFly’s Memory Lane – The Best Of (21), Kelly Clarkson’s Greatest Hits – Chapter One (24) and Katherine Jenkins’ This Is Christmas (26).

The Official Albums Chart Top 10 is as follows:

1 RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME OLLY MURS
2 TAKE ME HOME ONE DIRECTION
3 UNAPOLOGETIC RIHANNA
4 CHRISTMAS MICHAEL BUBLE
5 MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY ROD STEWART
6 TAKE THE CROWN ROBBIE WILLIAMS
7 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
8 THE VERY BEST OF NEIL DIAMOND
9 TEN GIRLS ALOUD
10 MAGIC OF THE MOVIES ANDRE RIEU & JOHANN STRAUSS OR

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