Take That maintained their album chart supremacy on the U.K.'s last sales charts before the holiday, as "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) added 330,000 new sales to take its five-week total to 1.44m. Matt Cardle, who won the Dec. 12 final of "The X Factor," duly achieved the Christmas No. 1 single with "When We Collide" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment), selling 439,000 units in six days, according to the Official Charts Company.
Rihanna's "Loud" (Def Jam/Universal) moved 4-2 in the festive album chart, as the Barbadian superstar's "What's My Name?," featuring Drake, made the same move on the singles survey. "Loud" sold 194,000 copies last week, when the third bestselling album was the one that continues to top the compilation chart, "Now! That's What I Call Music 77" (EMI/Virgin/UMTV), which added 188,000 for a five-week tally of 954,000.
Michael Bublé's "Crazy Love" (Reprise/Warner Music) dipped 2-3 on the artist chart with 139,000 sales, so the much-vaunted posthumous Michael Jackson set, "Michael" (Sony Music Entertainment) made a somewhat muted first appearance at No. 4, on sales of 113,000 copies. The single "Hold My Hand," featuring Akon, rose 11-10. Robbie Williams' "In and Out of Consciousness - Greatest Hits 1990-2010" (Virgin/EMI) moved back into the top ten, 14-7.
27-year-old former painter and decorator Cardle marked his TV victory with the now-traditional (some say inevitable) Christmas No. 1 afforded the "X Factor" winner. "When We Collide" is a remake of Scottish rock Biffy Clyro's "Many of Horror" (14th Floor/Warner Music), which reached No. 20 in January and reappeared on the new chart at No. 8.
The latest Facebook campaign to create a chart entry resulted in an unlikely No. 3 debut for Minneapolis garage band the Trashmen's 1964 U.S. top five hit "Surfin' Bird" (Charly). The novelty track did not chart in the U.K. on first release. Another Facebook-supported release, a new "remake" of avant garde composer John Cage's celebrated "4'31"" of silence, entered at No. 21. The new track, which consists largely of silence apart from some studio ambience and a cheer at the end end, is released by Wall Of Sound and "features" Suggs, Billy Bragg, Enter Shikari, Pete Doherty, Imogen Heap and the Kooks. The recording was organised by Eddy Temple-Morris, a DJ on rock radio station XFM, to help raise awareness for the British Tinnitus Association, for which he is a spokesperson.
Black Eyed Peas' "The Time (Dirty Bit)" (Interscope/Universal), which topped the singles chart last week, dropped to No. 4, as Take That's current single "The Flood" moved back 15-6. "Fairytale of New York" (Warner Bros./Warner Music) by the Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl made the U.K. top 20 for the sixth year in a row, climbing 26-19.