Take That, 'X Factor' Winner Matt Cardle Top U.K. Charts
Take That's "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) added another 430,000 sales last week, according to the Official Chart Company, to continue its reign on the final U.K. album chart of 2010. "X Factor" winner Matt Cardle's "When We Collide" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment) started a second week atop the singles chart, with new sales of 300,000.
The Take That release, now in its sixth week at the summit, is already the U.K.'s bestselling album of the year, and has sales to the end of last week of 1.87m units. The week leading into Christmas proved a bumper period for album sales in general, with Rihanna's "Loud" (Def Jam/Universal) holding at No. 2 with a hefty 300,000 new copies sold and Michael Buble's "Crazy Love" (Reprise/Warner Music) 200,000 more to stay at No. 3, with four more titles selling in excess of 100,000 each, by Olly Murs, Michael Jackson, JLS and Susan Boyle.
Cardle's debut single has two-week sales of 740,000, and now stands within reaching distance (some 100,000 units) of the No. 1 title for 2010 so far, "Love The Way You Lie" (Interscope/Universal) by Eminem featuring Rihanna. The Barbadian star meanwhile took the No. 2 spot in the singles chart for a second week with "What's My Name," featuring Drake; climbed 7-6 with the former No. 1 "Only Girl (In The World)"; and 15-11 with the David Guetta single on which she features, "Who's That Chick" (Positiva/Virgin/EMI). "Lie" itself nudged 39-37.
The only significant new entry on the singles chart was "Lights On" (Rinse/Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) by London R&B artist Katy B, featuring early 2000s chart star Ms. Dynamite, at No. 4. The former chart-topper by Black Eyed Peas, "The Time (Dirty Bit)" (Interscope/Universal), climbed back 4-3, and Katy Perry's "Firework" (Virgin/EMI) 12-8.