2013 - 1D On Top


As undisputed champions of this week's Album Chart, One Direction take a fifth week at No1 with 'Midnight Memories'.

With the CD released this week, Beyoncé climbs a place to No2 with her self-titled fifth album, while Gary Barlow's 'Since I Saw You Last' drops a place to No3. Providing this week's only new entry and following in Beyoncé's footsteps, Justin Bieber releases his latest offering 'Journals' as an online iTunes exclusive this week and enters the Chart at No64. A mix of unreleased material plus the ten singles available every Monday since October, it fails to match the debut performances of his last two studio albums - 2011's 'Under The Mistletoe' debuted at No5 while 2012's 'Believe' went straight in at No1. As well as topping this week's chart, One Direction also take the award for best-selling album of the year for 'Midnight Memories', and the award for best-selling artist of the year - outselling their closest rival Emeli Sandé by more than 2 to 1 and the third best-selling artist Michael Bublé by almost 3 to 1. Despite having been available for almost two years, Emeli Sandé's 'Our Version Of Events' is also runner-up in the Album Chart of 2013, while Dublin favourites Kodaline see their release 'In A Perfect World' enter the year-end rankings at No3 - having also achieved the most weeks at No1 this year.

Sam Bailey holds on to her crown at the top of this week's Singles Chart with 'Skyscraper' gaining the best week's sales for a No1 single this year. Lily Allen holds on at No2 with 'Somewhere Only We Know' while Avicii's 'Hey Brother' makes its first appearance in the Top 3 climbing from No5. Having spent six months in the Top 30, including seven weeks at No1, Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' ends the year as the top selling single although Passenger's 'Let Her Go' is a very close second and Avicii's 'Wake Me Up' a very respectable No3.

In other charts the Compilation Album Chart ends the year with 'Now That's What I Call Music! 86' as top dog, having spent six weeks at No1. It has been an extraordinary year for the 'Now' series - No1 every week except one in 2013 and unsurprisingly taking the top seven best-selling multi-artist compilations of the year.

One Direction also claim another accolade as 'This Is Us' - their first feature length film - is the highest selling Music Video this week and of 2013, while their earlier two-part 'Reaching For The Stars' releases occupy positions No's 3 and 4 in the year-end rankings. It is however 'Despicable Me 2' that proves the most popular Video release of the year, overtaking 'Skyfall' this week to become 2013's best-seller.

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