Band Aid 20's "Do They Know It's Christmas" (Mercury) started a second week at the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday (Dec. 12), while U2's "How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" (Universal Island) led

Band Aid 20's "Do They Know It's Christmas" (Mercury) started a second week at the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday (Dec. 12), while U2's "How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" (Universal Island) led the album list for a third week.

The Band Aid single now looks set to confirm its place as this year's Christmas No. 1, which will be determined by next weekend's sales chart. Its biggest rival this week was Kylie Minogue's new single, "I Believe in You" (Parlophone), which entered at No. 2.

A number of high-profile new singles will be released today, including Ronan Keating and Yusuf Islam 's version of the former Cat Stevens' "Father & Son" as well as traditional festive challenger Cliff Richard's "I Cannot Give You My Love." But none are expected to post sales strong enough to deprive "Christmas" of its crown.

Robbie Williams' "Misunderstoood" (Chrysalis), the latest single from his current No. 2 album "Greatest Hits," was a new entry at No. 8, while 3rd Wish's version of Aventura's massive European hit "Obsesion" debuted at No. 15. The 3rd Wish rendition, subtitled "Si Es Amor," was released on the Three8 label.

Keating's "Ten Years of Hits" (Polydor) moved up the album chart 10-6 and Keane's "Hopes and Fears" debut (Universal Island) jumped 12-10. There were no new entries to the 75-position chart.

Across Europe, the Band Aid single failed to dislodge Destiny's Child's "Lose My Breath" (Columbia) from No. 1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey, entering at No. 2. The U2 album is in its second week at the helm of the European Top 100 Albums chart.

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