Robbie Williams 'Swings' Back to No. 1 in U.K., Lily Allen Continues Streak Atop Singles Chart

Robbie Williams performs on stage at the Brit Awards on February 20, 2013 in London, England.

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In the last charts before this week’s sales battle for the U.K.’s prestigious Christmas No. 1s, Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) moved back to the top of the album survey and Lily Allen’s “Somewhere Only We Know” (Parlophone/Warner Music) started a third non-consecutive week as the market’s best-selling single.

Williams debuted at the top of the album chart three weeks ago and climbed back 2-1 in sales to Saturday night, published Sunday (Dec. 15) by the Official Charts Company. “Swings” now has cumulative sales of more than 400,000. One Direction’s “Midnight Memories” (Syco Music/Sony) fell to No. 2 after two weeks at the top, with Gary Barlow’s “Since I Saw You Last” (Polydor/Universal) steady at No. 3 and Olly Murs’ “Right Place, Right Time” (Epic/Sony) at No. 4.

Beyoncé’s self-titled surprise release on Columbia/Sony made a No. 5 start on just two days’ sales, selling 68,000 copies last Friday and Saturday, according to the OCC. Reprise/Warner Music’s Michael Bublé had two top ten climbers, as “To Be Loved” moved 19-6 and “Christmas” 10-7. The festive collection by Leona Lewis, “Christmas With Love” (Syco/Sony), climbed 25-13 as its single “One More Sleep” raced 34-3. On the compilation chart, “Now! That’s What I Call Music 86” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI) started a fourth week at No. 1.

Allen’s Keane cover stayed at the singles summit as Avicii’s “Hey Brother”  (PRMD/Positiva/Universal) jumped into runner-up spot from last week’s No. 8. With Lewis soaring to No. 3, there was another big climb at No. 4, where Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (Back Lot), from the “Despicable Me 2” soundtrack, moved from No. 30.

“How Long Will I Love You” (Polydor/Music) by Ellie Goulding moved back 7-5 as Bastille’s “Of The Night” (Virgin/EMI) fell 3-6. Jason Derulo moved into the top ten with a 12-7 improvement for “Trumpets” (Warner Bros./Warner Music). Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Columbia/Sony) moved 14-12 and the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York” (Warner Bros./Warner Music), featuring Kirsty MacColl, 16-15.

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