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Rihanna’s Unapologetic leads Official Albums Chart race

21/11/2012

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Rihanna’s Unapologetic leads Official Albums Chart race

By Dan Lane

Rihanna is on course for her third consecutive Number 1 album in as many years with Unapologetic, according to today’s Official Albums Chart Update.

Rihanna’s seventh full-length, Unapologetic, looks set to follow in the footsteps of 2010’s Loud and 2011’s Talk That Talk, which both peaked at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart. If it can maintain its lead through to Sunday, Unapologetic will be Rihanna’s fourth Official Number 1 album overall (her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, also peaked at Number 1 back in 2007).

It’s been an amazing 12 months for the Bajan superstar. In the UK alone, she’s sold over three million singles, and has become the second biggest selling female singles artist of all time (behind Madonna). And she’s still only 24!

This week’s second highest new entry is Led Zeppelin’s live album, Celebration Day (Number 2). Recorded at the band’s tribute concert to late Atlantic Records president Ahmet Ertegun at London’s O2 Arena in December, 2007, Celebration Day captures the magic of frontman Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, and bassist John Paul Jones performing live together for the first time since the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980. Drumming duties at the reunion concert were provided by Bonham’s son, Jason.

Reigning chart topper, Take Me Home by One Direction, is set to slide two places to Number 3, while their fellow X Factor stars, Little Mix, look set to enter the Official Albums Chart on Sunday at Number 4 with their debut album, DNA. Susan Boyle completes this week’s Official Albums Chart Update Top 5 with her fourth album, Standing Ovation - The Greatest Songs From The Stage (5).

New Entries

In addition to Rihanna’s Unapologetic (Number 1), Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day (2), Little Mix’s DNA (4) and Susan Boyle’s Standing Ovation (Number 5), there are three other new entries on today’s Official Albums Chart Update.

London MC Example is on course for his third consecutive Top 10 album. The follow-up to his 2011 Number 1 Playing In the Shadows, The Evolution Of Man, looks set to debut at Number 7 on Sunday.

This week’s Official Albums Chart Update’s new entries are completed by AC/DC’s new live album, Live At River Plate, at Number 14, and I Will Always Love You – The Best Of Whitney Houston at Number 29.

Michael Buble’s Christmas album looks set to re-enter this week’s Official Albums Chart at Number 6 following the release of a deluxe edition on Monday. Christmas was the second biggest selling album of 2011 (behind Adele’s 21), and was last year’s Number 1 Christmas album. To date, it has now sold over 1.3 million copies in the UK.

The Official Albums Chart Update Top 40 is as follows:

1 UNAPOLOGETIC RIHANNA
2 CELEBRATION DAY LED ZEPPELIN
3 TAKE ME HOME ONE DIRECTION
4 DNA LITTLE MIX
5 STANDING OVATION SUSAN BOYLE
6 CHRISTMAS MICHAEL BUBLE
7 THE EVOLUTION OF MAN EXAMPLE
8 MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY ROD STEWART
9 MAGIC OF THE MOVIES ANDRE RIEU & JOHANN STRAUSS ORCHESTRA
10 TAKE THE CROWN ROBBIE WILLIAMS
11 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
12 18 MONTHS CALVIN HARRIS
13 GRRR ROLLING STONES
14 LIVE AT RIVER PLATE AC/DC
15 STORYTELLER ALFIE BOE
16 BABEL MUMFORD & SONS
17 SOME NIGHTS FUN.
18 + ED SHEERAN
19 ORA RITA ORA
20 STRONGER TOGETHER THE MILITARY WIVES
21 BORN TO DIE LANA DEL REY
22 RED TAYLOR SWIFT
23 THE ABBEY ROAD SESSIONS KYLIE MINOGUE
24 THE BEST OF EVA CASSIDY
25 EVOLUTION JLS
26 FALL TO GRACE PALOMA FAITH
27 THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE P!NK
28 THE LUMINEERS THE LUMINEERS
29 I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU - THE BEST OF WHITNEY HOUSTON
30 UP ALL NIGHT ONE DIRECTION
31 NUMBER 3 THE SCRIPT
32 TOGETHER JONATHAN & CHARLOTTE
33 DOS GREEN DAY
34 OPERA ANDREA BOCELLI
35 BATTLE BORN THE KILLERS
36 THE 2ND LAW MUSE
37 JAKE BUGG JAKE BUGG
38 OVEREXPOSED MAROON 5
39 HALCYON ELLIE GOULDING
40 AN AWESOME WAVE ALT-J

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