Coldplay Leads Robbie Williams In Blockbuster Battle for U.K. Albums Chart Title

Tim Saccenti

The U.K. albums chart title will be decided in a heavyweight clash with Coldplay in one corner, and Robbie Williams in the other.

Coldplay is on top of the Official Albums Chart Update with Everyday Life (Parlophone), their eighth studio album, which holds a lead of 4,000 chart sales over Robbie's first festive album The Christmas Present (Columbia), starting at No. 2 on the midweek chart. 

Chris Martin and Co. enjoy the best-selling LP in the first half of the week on downloads, the OCC reports, though Williams has the edge on physical unit sales.

A wise gambler woudn't bet against Coldplay, though Williams is a genuine chart king. In his post-Take That solo career, Williams has clocked up 12 U.K. No. 1 albums, and a lowest position of No. 2 (twice).  One more title will take him level with The King, Elvis Presley, with 13 career U.K. No. 1s, the most by a solo artist.

All seven of Coldplay's previous studio albums have reached No. 1 on the Official Albums Chart.

Veteran British singer and songwriter Rod Stewart sees his latest You're In My Heart (Rhino), recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, start at No. 3, while the late Canadian legend Leonard Cohen's Thanks for the Dance (Columbia) is new at No. 5. 

On the Official U.K. Singles Chart Update, Tones And I's "Dance Monkey" takes top spot and is in pole position for a remarkable ninth week at No. 1, while new songs from Lewis Capaldi ("Before You Go" via EMI) and Stormzy ("Own It" featuring Ed Sheeran via Atlantic/Merky) start in positions 2 and 3.

The Official U.K.  Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday, local time.


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