Take That's "The Circus" (Polydor/Universal) gave the latter-day boy band another U.K. No. 1 album yesterday with a massive opening sales total of 432,000. Leona Lewis' cover of Snow Patrol's "Run" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) went straight to the top of the singles chart, becoming the fastest-selling download in British chart history, with 133,000 copies.
The Take That album hit the top a week after its flagship single "Greatest Day" became a No. 1 single. The quartet now has five U.K. chart-topping albums, starting with "Everything Changes" in 1993 and "Nobody Else" in 1995, in their first incarnation, which also brought them a No. 1 "Greatest Hits" set in '96. The reunited lineup hit the top with 2006's "Beautiful World," which is now certified eight-times platinum.
"The Circus" nudged the Killers' "Day & Age" album (Vertigo/Universal) down 1-2, as Lewis' revamped "Spirit" moved back 4-3. Britney Spears' "Circus" (Jive) debuted at No. 4 as her "Womanizer" single jumped 7-3 and the album's title track debuted on download sales at No. 32.
Kings Of Leon's "Only by the Night" album (Hand Me Down/Sony BMG) improved 7-5, while the band's current single "Use Somebody" climbed 15-10 and its predecessor, the former chart-topper "Sex on Fire," rose 17-14. Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy" album (Black Frog/Geffen), which arrived last week at No. 2, fell sharply to No. 11.
Lewis' cover of "Run" is one of the new songs added to the re-promoted "Spirit" and, although it wasn't originally planned as a single, was promoted as such after huge public reaction to the singer's performance of the song on BBC Radio 1. After recording it in the studio in September, Lewis performed it on ITV's "The X Factor" Nov. 15 and the "Divas II" special eight days later. Snow Patrol's long-running original version climbed to No. 28 two weeks ago, but this week fell 31-42.
Oasis' "I'm Outta Time" (Big Brother) opened at No. 12, while "Cash In My Pocket" (Asylum/Warner Music) by Wiley featuring Daniel Merriweather came in at No. 18 and Miley Cyrus' "7 Things" (Hollywood/EMI) 56-25.
In a repeat of last year's digital boost for holiday singles, Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas" (Columbia) raced 37-17 and "Fairytale of New York" (Warner Bros.) by the Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl rose 44-19. Carey's song, a No. 2 hit in 1994, hit No. 6 last year, while the Pogues' track continued its extraordinary popularity, hitting the top 40 for a fourth year running and sixth overall.
Another festive perennial, Wham!'s "Last Christmas" (Epic), returned to the top 40 with a 67-36 climb, and the top 75 welcomed back further Christmas chestnuts by Shakin' Stevens, Wizzard, Slade, Perry Como, Band Aid and Chris Rea.
The Guns N' Roses set rose 36-1 on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums survey, as Beyonce's "If I Were a Boy" (Columbia) secured a second week at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.