Olly Murs on course to topple Rihanna on Official Albums Chart

Despite just being pipped to the post by Rihanna in last week’s nail-bitingly close Official Singles Chart battle, X Factor 2009 runner up Olly Murs bounces back this week with the release of second studio album In Case You Didn’t Know.

Despite just being pipped to the post by Rihanna in last week’s nail-bitingly close Official Singles Chart battle, X Factor 2009 runner up Olly Murs bounces back this week with the release of second studio album In Case You Didn’t Know. 

The release from the current Xtra Factor presenter enters the Official Albums Chart Update today at Number 1, almost 20,000 copies ahead of nearest rival Michael Buble’s Christmas (2).

See Olly talk about how he's not afraid to take on his X Factor chums Gary Barlow, Tulisa and Joe McElderry in the race for this week's Official Albums Chart Number 1 below.

Congratulations to Joe McElderry who now has three gold albums to his name.  The former X Factor winner’s first album, 2010’s Wide Awake, was certified gold over the weekend after achieving sales of over 100,000 copies in the UK. His second album Classic, released in August of this year, achieved gold status in its first month of release, and sold another 100,000 copies within three months of its release. And now his latest album, Classic Christmas, which was released on Monday, has shipped gold and enters the Official Albums Chart Update at Number 13.

Elsewhere on albums, Il Divo return with sixth studio album, Wicked Game enters today’s Official Albums Update at Number 5. From operastars to popstars, Take That’s new release Progress Live (a double disc album  of recordings from their record-breaking shows attended by 1.34m fans across the UK this summer) arrives at Number 10. Gary Barlow and boys are joined in the Update Top 40 by fellow X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavalos, as London outfit N-Dubz’s Greatest Hits compilation enters today at Number 35.

Official Albums Chart Update Top 10
01 In Case You Didn't Know - Olly Murs
02 Christmas - Michael Buble
03 Talk That Talk - Rihanna
04 Up All Night - One Direction
05 Wicked Game - Il Divo
06 Greatest Hits - Westlife
07 + - Ed Sheeran
08 Mylo Xyloto - Coldplay
09 21 - Adele
10 Progress Live - Take That


Official Charts - Olly Murs interview on MUZU.