Christmas Comes Early For Westlife


One week before the Official Christmas Chart, Westlife make it four consecutive weeks at the top of the Album Chart with ‘The Love Album’. In terms of both chart performance and sales, this is their most successful album to date, selling almost twice as many in the first month as their previous fastest-seller ‘Coast To Coast’ six years ago.

U2 remain at No2 with ‘U218 Singles’, ahead of Mario Rosenstock’s resurgent ‘Gift Grub Vo 7’, up from No4 to No3. Il Divo’s ‘Siempre’ slips one place to No4, chased at No5 by George Michael’s ‘Twenty Five’, up from No9 last week. In the absence of any new entries, this week’s highest climber is Angelis’ self-titled debut album of choral classics which leaps from No32 to No16. Akon and Eminem remain way ahead of the pack on the Singles Chart, taking a fourth week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Smack That’. Take That sit at No2 for a fourth week with the appropriately-named ‘Patience’, just ahead of Cascada who climbs from download-only No41 to No3 this week with the CD release of her second single ‘Truly Madly Deeply’. Her debut single ‘Everytime We Touch’ is a tough act to follow, having spent 7 weeks at No1 at the end of the summer. Cascada is one of four climbers this week following download-only debuts lower down the chart: Eminem & Friends jump from No28 to No5 with ‘You Don’t Know’, P Diddy (feat. Christina Aguilera) leaps from No38 to No8 with ‘Tell Me’ and Chris Cornell moves from No19 to No12 with ‘You Know My Name’.

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