Robbie, JLS and Jake Bugg go head-to-head for UK's 1000th Number 1 alb

Robbie Williams, JLS and Jake Bugg are battling it out to score the 1000th Number 1 album on the UK’s Official Albums Chart.

Robbie Williams, JLS and Jake Bugg are battling it out to score the 1000th Number 1 album on the UK’s Official Albums Chart.

Lady Gaga yesterday secured the 999th Official Number 1 in the 57-and-a-half year history of the UK’s Official Albums Chart – meaning that a new Number 1 this Sunday (November 24) will be the historic 1000th Number 1.

The albums set to fight it out for the honour of the 1000th Official Number 1 are Robbie Williams’ new album Swing Both Ways, the JLS greatest hits Goodbye and Jake Bugg’s second album Shangri-la. All three albums are released today (Monday, November 18), with initial sales reports set to show who is setting the early pace tomorrow morning (Tuesday).

The very first Number 1 album back in July 1956 was Frank Sinatra’s classic Songs For Swingin’ Lovers – in the chart compiled and published in Record Mirror magazine.

Since then, there have almost 3,000 different album charts published – with a colourful history, including a 1971 postal strike which prevented a rundown being published for several weeks (with George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass retrospectively crowned as the ex-Beatle’s only Number 1 with a solo studio album).

Over the six decades, The Beatles are the undefeated kings of the Official Albums Chart, with 15 Number 1s and 174 weeks at the summit – with Elvis Presley totting up the second biggest total of weeks (63 weeks, across 11 chart toppers), and Madonna the second biggest albums tally (12 Number 1s in total, spanning 30 weeks).

In the three and half years after the chart was launched in July 1956, 17 albums hit Number 1 during the 1950s. In turn, 56 albums topped the album chart in the 1960s, 147 did so in the 1970s, 182 in the 1980s, 215 in the 1990s and 269 in the 2000s. The 1000th Number 1 of all time will be the 114th of this decade.

“This is a hugely significant landmark in the history of the music industry,” says Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot. “While the Official Singles Chart is the fast-moving, barometer of pop music tastes, the Official Albums Chart reflects the broader tastes of British music fans and their attachment to outstanding song collections.

“The list of albums which have topped the albums chart over the years underlines just how important it is, including iconic titles such as The BeatlesSgt Pepper… and Revolver, The StonesExile On Main Street, David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane, Led Zeppelin IV, Queen’s A Night At The Opera, Michael Jackson’s Thriller – right up to Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black, Adele’s 21 and Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories.”

The winner will be crowned this Sunday at 7pm, and the Official Albums Chart Top 100 will be posted in full, here.

TOP 10 ARTISTS BY WEEKS AT NUMBER 1

  ACT WEEKS AT
NUMBER 1
1 THE BEATLES 174
2 ELVIS PRESLEY 63
3 ABBA 57
4 ROLLING STONES 45
5 SIMON & GARFUNKEL 40
6 CLIFF RICHARD (INC. CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS) 30
7 MADONNA (INC. MADONNA & VARIOUS ARTISTS’ EVITA OST) 30
8 MICHAEL JACKSON (INC. MICHAEL JACKSON PLUS THE JACKSON FIVE) 30
9 ROBBIE WILLIAMS 30
10 ELTON JOHN (INC. ELTON JOHN VS PNAU) 29

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TOP 10 ARTISTS BY NUMBER 1 ALBUMS

  ACT NUMBER OF
NUMBER 1 ALBUMS
1 THE BEATLES 15
2 MADONNA (INC. MADONNA & VARIOUS ARTISTS’ EVITA OST) 12
3 ELVIS PRESLEY 11
4 ROBBIE WILLIAMS 10
5 ROLLING STONES 10
6 U2 10
7 MICHAEL JACKSON (INC. MICHAEL JACKSON PLUS THE JACKSON FIVE) 9
8 ABBA 9
9 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 9
10 DAVID BOWIE 9

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1000 OFFICIAL NUMBER 1 ALBUMS

1ST JULY 1956 SONGS FOR SWINGIN' LOVERS FRANK SINATRA
100TH OCT 1971 IMAGINE JOHN LENNON & THE PLASTIC
ONO BAND WITH THE FLUX FIDDLERS
200TH SEPT 1978 NIGHT FLIGHT TO VENUS BONEY M
300TH AUG 1984 NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC III VARIOUS ARTISTS
400TH OCT 1989 WILD! ERASURE
500TH MAY 1994 OUR TOWN, THE GREATEST HITS OF DEACON BLUE DEACON BLUE
600TH NOV 1998 I'VE BEEN EXPECTING YOU ROBBIE WILLIAMS
700TH AUG 2003 MAGIC AND MEDICINE CORAL
800TH FEB 2007 NOT TOO LATE NORAH JONES
900TH JUNE 2010 TIME FLIES - 1994-2009 OASIS

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Notes: For the purposes of this analysis, the Official Albums Chart are the following rundowns: July 1956 to Nov 1958, Record Mirror Album Chart; Nov 1958 to March 1960, Melody Maker Album Chart; March 1960 to 1969, Record Retailer Album Chart; February 1969 to date – Official Album Chart. The statistics outlined in this release reflect the contemporary chart rules (as laid out by the music industry) at the time of chart publication. For instance, various artist compilations were admitted to the Official Albums Chart until January 1989, when they were excluded and appeared in their own Official Compilation Albums Chart.