Cliff Richard's Christmas With Cliff catching up to Stormzy's This Is What I Mean in Official Albums Chart race

Sir Cliff's latest Christmas collection's giving Stormzy's third studio LP a run for its money

In arguably the most ridiculously-brilliant Official Albums Chart battle of 2022, this week sees Stormzy go head-to-head with Sir Cliff Richard for that coveted top spot.

Stormzy's third studio LP This Is What I Mean currently leads the charge, but the gap's tightening as Cliff's second Christmas collection catches up.

You could say we're left on quite the Cliff-hanger. Ahem.

MORE: Cliff Richard's complete Official Charts history so far

In today's sales flash (Wednesday November 30), just 600 chart units separate Stormzy at Number 1 and Cliff in second place, meaning there's still all to play for in one of the most nail-biting chart races of 2022.

Should Stormzy hold on, This Is What I Mean will see him manage a hat-trick of Official Number 1 albums. Previously, he's topped the chart with 2017 debut Gang Signs & Prayer and 2019 release Heavy Is The Head.

Cliff, meanwhile, boasts seven solo Number 1 albums; hoping to get an eighth under his belt this week. He's topped the chart with 21 Today (1961), The Young Ones (1961), Summer Holiday (1963), 40 Golden Greats (1977), Love Songs (1981), Private Collection (1988), The Album (1993).

That mean that if Sir Cliff reaches Number 1, he'll claim his first chart-topper in 29 years.

MORE: See Stormzy's Official Charts history in full

Who are you backing for Number 1 this week: Sir Cliff or Stormzy? Let us know over on our socials @officialcharts, and don't forget to check back at 4.45pm on Friday December 2 to find out who's clinched it.

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Rob Parkinson


If Cliff had started the week at no.1 I would have thought he would be at risk of losing to Stormzy, I would never of thought in this current day and age that Cliff would be gaining on a streaming artist, good luck both in an interesting battle


thierry henon


I really hope Cliff can make it to the Top...Furthermore it is a Xmas album so the perfect timing!!




A real cliff hanger of a chart battle.