Take That Dominates U.K. Singles, Album Charts

Take That's triumphant reunion was made complete yesterday as the erstwhile boy band topped the U.K. singles and album charts simultaneously for the first time in its career. As "Patience" started a s

Take That's triumphant reunion was made complete yesterday as the erstwhile boy band topped the U.K. singles and album charts simultaneously for the first time in its career. As "Patience" started a second week atop the singles list, the Polydor album "Beautiful World" entered at No.1. It's the group's fourth chart-topping album in the territory and "Patience" is its ninth No. 1 U.K. single, but Take That had never achieved the double peak at the same time before.

Adding physical sales to the previous week's debut on downloads only, "Boogie 2Nite" (Hed Kandi) by Booty Luv (featuring female singers Nadia and Cherise, formerly with chart act Big Brovaz) climbed 19-3. Similarly, Nelly Furtado's "All Good Things (Come to An End)" (Geffen) jumped 13-4 and Glasgow rock outfit the Fratellis continued their excellent debut season as "Whistle to the Choir" (Universal Island) leapt 52-9. Its parent album, "Costello Music," rebounded 42-34.

New at No. 10 was Muse's "Knights of Cydonia" (Helium 3/Warner Bros.), while the Killers' "Bones" (Vertigo) jumped 50-15. Other top 40 activity included a 55-29 climb for Damien Rice's "9 Crimes" (Heffa/14th Floor). The track from the "9" album is Rice's sixth top 40 singles appearance.

Outside the top 40, two perennial festive favorites showed their faces once again. "Fairytale of New York," the Pogues' 1987 No. 2 hit featuring the late Kirsty MacColl, re-charted in 1991 and then last year climbed all the way back to No. 3; this week it is back at No. 46, on Warner Music. Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody" (Polydor), the Christmas No. 1 of 1973, makes the latest of its numerous reappearances at No. 54.

Beneath Take That on the album chart, classical crossover favorites Il Divo opened at No. 2 with "Siempre" (RCA). Last week's No. 1, Westlife's "The Love Album" (S/Sony BMG), fell to No. 4, with Oasis' "Stop the Clocks" (Big Brother) down 2-3, the Beatles' "Love" (Apple/Parlophone) 3-5 and U2's "U218 Singles" (Mercury) sliding 4-6.

"Voices of the Valley" (UCJ) by the Fron Male Voice Choir climbed from its No. 13 debut to No. 9, the Killers' "Sam's Town" jumped back 21-11 and the next debut was "A Whole New World" (K&P), a covers collection by tabloid-friendly celebrity couple Katie Price and Peter Andre, at No. 20.

The Beatles return to the European Top 100 Albums summit as "Love" (Apple/Parlophone) makes a bestselling start in France and a total of nine other top five starts around the region. Take That's "Patience" climbs 17-1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.