Robbie Wears The Crown


He missed out narrowly on a No1 single last week, but this week Robbie Williams debuts at No1 on the Album Chart with ‘Take The Crown’. This is his ninth solo studio release and represents a major return to chart form: following five consecutive No1’s, his last two failed to hit the top spot - ‘Rudebox’ peaked at No2 in 2006 and ‘Reality Killed The Video Star’ reached No6 in 2009.

Calvin Harris takes a second week at No2 with ’18 Months’ while the album that pipped him last week – Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’ – dips three places to No4. Despite finishing as runners-up (to Alexandra Burke) in the 2008 X Factor Final, JLS have since sustained a four-album career and this week they’re new at No7 with ‘Evolution’. All of the previous three made the Top 10, although their self-titled debut is their only album to-date to reach the top. Just behind JLS at No8 is this week’s third new entry – ‘Magic Of The Movies’ by Dutch violinist/conductor André Rieu. He now has two concurrent hit albums - ‘The Collection’ is at No33 this week after peaking at No23 three weeks ago. Finally, winners of the 2012 Mercury Prize Alt-J climb seventeen places from No28 to a new high of No11 with ‘An Awesome Wave’, and climb from No6 to No1 on this week’s Indie Chart.

Labrinth & Emeli Sandé take a third week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’, heading a Top 3 unchanged since last week: Robbie Williams is steady at No2 with ‘Candy’ and Rihanna holds at No3 with ‘Diamonds’. The Wanted claim this week’s highest new entry at No8 with ‘I Found You’, their ninth Top 30 single in Ireland in just over two years and their fourth to make the Top 10. Nicki Minaj is one of only a handful of artists to climb the chart this week, up ten places from No23 to No13 with ‘Va Va Voom’ – her fifth Top 20 single as lead artist. Also moving in the right direction is Jason Mraz, whose ‘I Won’t Give Up’ is a re-entry at No17 after the song was performed on The X Factor last weekend. The song has an unusual yo-yo chart history, originally reaching No17 back in May, dipping out of the Top 30 and returning in June (to No25), returning again in September to reach No10, before dropping out and then making a fourth appearance this week.

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