Robbie Williams’s new festive collection The Christmas Present takes the Number 1 spot on this week’s Official Albums Chart, matching a UK chart record held by Elvis Presley.
After missing out on the top spot to Coldplay last week, The Christmas Present lifts 2 to 1 with 53,000 chart sales. It becomes Robbie’s thirteenth Number 1 album, matching Elvis’s record as the solo act with the most chart-toppers in UK chart history. The overall record is held by The Beatles with 15.
"Thank you to everybody who supported it. It's an incredible achievement - it means more to me than any of the other albums I've ever had. Come on!" Watch Robbie's hilarious video message below:
Robbie’s total of chart-topping albums across his solo work and records released with Take That is 17. It places him joint third as the act with the most Number 1s across their catalogue, behind Paul McCartney (22 across solo work and The Beatles) and John Lennon (18 across solo and The Beatles), and joint with George Harrison.
Meanwhile, Rod Stewart’s You’re In My Heart - an album of Rod’s classic vocals newly arranged with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – lifts 3 to 2, and last week’s Number 1 Everyday Life by Coldplay drops 1 to 3.
Christmas has arrived: Michael Bublé’s Christmas album, first released in 2011, leaps seven places to Number 7, returning to the Top 10 for an eighth year.
Cliff Richard & The Shadows are new at Number 11 with The Best of Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneers, marking Cliff’s 65th Top 40 album; Chilled Classics by Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley enters at Number 20; and Christmas With The Stars by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra lands just behind at Number 21.
Further down, actor and singer John Barrowman claims his sixth Top 40 album with A Fabulous Christmas at 23; JME’s fourth studio album Grime MC - available only on physical format – opens at Number 26; and Pink Floyd retrospective The Later Years: 1987 – 2019 enters at Number 32.
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