Westlife remain at No1 on the Album Chart for a third consecutive week with ‘Gravity’, a feat only achieved by one of their previous ten albums - ‘The Love Album’, which took six consecutive weeks at the top over the Christmas period in 2006.
Rihanna climbs back from No3 to No2 with ‘Loud’, ahead of last year’s Christmas No1 ‘Crazy Love’ which leaps from No10 to No3 for Michael Bublé. The Priests have this week’s highest new entry at No9 with Noël, their third album following their self-titled debut (No1 in 2008) and ‘Harmony’ (No7 in 2009). With most of the big Christmas releases already on the shelves and websites, the only other new entry in this week’s Top 20 is ‘Glee – The Music: Vol 4’ at No12, one of four Glee albums in the Top 40: ‘The Christmas Album’ is at No15, ‘Best Of Season One’ is at No27 and ‘Vol 1’ is at No38.
The X-Factor Finalists 2010 take a third week at No1 on the Singles Chart with ‘Heroes’, narrowly ahead of Black Eyed Peas who surge from No10 to No2 with ‘The Time (Dirty Bit)’ after performing on The X Factor last Sunday. Rihanna drops one place to No3 with ‘Only Girl (In the World)’ ahead of this week’s highest new entry from The Saw Doctors with ‘Red Cortina’ at No4. This a charity acapella version of their 1991 song which also reached No4 that year on a double-A side with ‘Only One Girl’. The Christmas perennials make an impact on the Top 20 this week, with The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl up to No11 with ‘Fairytale Of New York’ and Mariah Carey up to No18 with ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. They are joined by Coldplay’s new seasonal offering ‘Christmas Lights’ which lands at No15 this week – their first appearance in the Top 20 since ‘Violet Hill’ reached No13 in May 2008.