Robbie Williams breaks Official Chart records with XXV album - only The Beatles now have more UK Number 1 albums

Robbie becomes the solo artist with most UK Number 1 albums, with only The Beatles now left to beat.

Robbie Williams breaks Official Chart records as XXV tops the Official Albums Chart, becoming Robbie’s 14th Number 1 solo album.

As the latest hits compilation from the Stoke-on-Trent superstar reaches the chart summit, the Official Charts Company can confirm that Robbie overtakes Elvis Presley (13 Number 1s), to become the solo artist with the most UK Number 1 albums ever.

Astonishingly, tonight’s chart result leaves only one act now with more UK Number 1 albums than Robbie - The Beatles have managed 15 Number 1s across their career. See the full list of artists with the most Number 1 records to their names.

During his time in Take That, Robbie also racked up a further four Number 1 albums (five including Take That’s later greatest hits collection Odyssey from 2018 which spans pre and post-Robbie era). The overall record holder for an individual with the most Number 1 albums is Paul McCartney who has racked up a staggering 23 Number 1 albums across his career in The Beatles, Wings and as a solo act.

Speaking on his achievement, Robbie says: “Thank you to everyone who’s supported the album: everyone who’s bought it, streamed it, downloaded it and reviewed it. I’m so pleased that it’s gone to Number 1, and whilst it feels strange to be receiving an award during these sombre times, I wanted to thank you all for your support and dedicate this to the fans, who I never take for granted. I really appreciate it, thank you so much.”

Birmingham-born rocker Ozzy Osbourne enjoys a solo career best with Patient Number 9 this week, as the LP debuts at Number 2. His 13th solo studio album, it out-peaks his previous best with 2020 release Ordinary Man (3) and becomes his fifth Top 10 record to date. Ozzy also has ten further Top 10 albums to his name as part of Black Sabbath. Patient Number 9 proved the most popular album on wax too this week, topping the Official Vinyl Albums Chart. See Ozzy Osbourne’s full Official Charts history so far here.

Welsh rock group Manic Street Preachers see their 2001 record Know Your Enemy return to the Top 5 this week (4), thanks to a reissue offering remixed and reconstructed tracks available across two separate albums for the first time. Know Your Enemy peaked at Number 2 upon its original release.

The Amazons’ How Will I Know If Heaven Will Find Me becomes the Reading rock outfit’s third consecutive Top 10 album, providing them a career best as it enters at Number 5. The group previously enjoyed success with 2017 debut The Amazons (8) and 2019 release Future Dust (9). Earlier this year, How Will I Know If Heaven Will Find Me made Official Charts history as it became the first album containing NFT elements to be approved for chart inclusion by the Official Charts Company.

As his comeback single Forget Me debuts atop the Official Singles Chart this week, Lewis Capaldi’s debut Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent makes a return to the Top 10 (9). The record topped the chart on its release in 2019 before spending 78 consecutive weeks in the Top 10, including ten at Number 1.

Nigerian breakout star Asake’s debut album Mr. Money With The Vibe becomes his first UK Top 40 LP this week (22), while Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall makes a triumphant return with her seventh studio album NUT (25).

And finally, a remastered reissue sees Toyah’s Anthem re-enter the Top 40 (33). The record originally peaked at Number 2 upon its release in 1981.

See the full Official Albums Chart Top 100 here from 5.45pm.