Take That, Leona Still Strong On U.K. Charts
Take That, Leona Still Strong On U.K. Charts

Take That's "The Circus" album (Polydor/Universal) and Leona Lewis' "Run" single (Syco Music/Sony BMG) kept their places as the U.K.'s bestsellers on the new sales charts published yesterday (Dec. 14).

The Take That album started a second week at the top ahead of a 3-2 climb for Lewis' revamped "Spirit" debut, which traded places with the Killers' "Day & Age" (Vertigo/Universal). Kings Of Leon's "Only by the Night" (Hand Me Down/Sony BMG) improved 5-4 as its current single "Use Somebody" leapt 10-2 behind Lewis' Snow Patrol cover. Il Divo's "The Promise" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) jumped 13-5 and Seal's "Soul" (Warner Bros.) 17-12, but Britney Spears' "Circus" (Jive/Sony BMG) crashed 4-14 in its second week.

With almost clockwork timing, 2006 "X Factor" winner Lewis is almost certain to be replaced at No. 1 on next Sunday's Christmas singles chart by her successor (and new labelmate) Alexandra Burke, who won Saturday's final on ITV1. Burke's version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" was digitally released almost immediately after the 20-year-old Londoner's victory, and is physically released on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Jeff Buckley's version of the song, from his acclaimed 1994 album "Grace," has been bubbling on the top 75 in recent weeks after Burke, a failed contestant in the 2005 "X Factor," sang it earlier in this series. Buckley's cover made its (and his) U.K. top 40 debut yesterday, climbing 43-30.

There was a No. 3 entry for "Little Drummer Boy"/"Peace on Earth," a charity single for the BBC's Children In Need appeal by broadcaster/telethon host Sir Terry Wogan and singer Aled Jones, a fellow presenter of Wogan's at BBC Radio 2. The single is also listed under the collective name Bangaged.

Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas" (Columbia/Sony BMG) and "Fairytale of New York" (Warner Bros.) by the Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl, both climbed again, 17-12 and 19-13 respectively. Wham!'s "Last Christmas" (Epic/Sony BMG) moved 36-26 and three more Christmas classics revisited the top 40. Wizzard's "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (EMI) jumped 48-31, Slade's "Merry Christmas Everybody" (UMTV) rose 49-32 and Shakin' Stevens' "Merry Christmas Everyone" (Sony Music) moved 44-36. Two new seasonal singles made the top 40: Basshunter's "Jingle Bells (Bass)" (WEA) climbed 41-38 and Status Quo's "It's Christmas Time" (Chord/UMTV) entered at No. 40.

Boyzone's Polydor/Universal version of English singer/songwriter Tom Baxter's "Better" rose 56-22/ Gabriella Cilmi's "Warm This Winter" (Universal Island) leapt 66-29, Ladyhawke's "My Delirium" (Modular) gave her a top 40 debut, climbing 62-33, and Ne-Yo's "Mad" (Def Jam/Universal) debuted at No. 37.

Billboard's current pan-European sales charts saw Britney Spears race 41-1 with "Circus" on European Top 100 Albums and 7-1 with its lead track "Womanizer" on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.

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