Take That, Ed Sheeran Return To U.K. Chart Summits

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Ed Sheeran photographed backstage of KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2014 in Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2014.

Take That’s III (Polydor/Universal), the British pop staple’s first album as a three-piece, debuted atop the new U.K. chart yesterday (Dec. 7) to become their sixth No. 1 on the survey. Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” (Asylum/Warner Music) returned to the top of the singles chart, five weeks after breaking the record for the longest climb within the top 40 to No. 1, when it hit the summit in its 19th week.

The Take That album sold nearly 145,000 copies last week, more than 38,000 ahead of Sheeran’s X, which held at No. 2. The band’s list of No. 1 albums spans 21 years, going back to 1993’s Everything Changes. Sheeran’s set returned another six-figure sale in the week that the Official Charts Company confirmed it had passed one million sales. 

AC/DC’s Rock Or Bust (Columbia/Sony) became their 18th U.K. top 40 album at No. 3, as last week’s new entry at the top, Olly MursNever Been Better (Epic/Sony), fell to No. 6. Pop band McBusted’s self-titled Universal Island album started at No. 9, a week after the single “Air Guitar” arrived at No. 12. That track now drops 50 places to No. 62. Now That’s What I Call Music! 89 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) began a second week atop the compilation chart.

The Sheeran single was behind Union J’s “You Got It All” (Epic/Sony) in midweek sales flashes, but the British pop quartet ended at what is still a career-best No. 2. Take That’s “These Days” fell from last week’s top spot to No. 3 as Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” (EMI/Universal) climbed 8-4. British dance act Blonde debuted at No. 7 with “I Loved You” (Parlophone/Warner), featuring Melissa Steel

Band Aid 30’s former No. 1 remake of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” fell 2-12 but as many festive titles returned to the top 75, the two undisputed perennials in that market were back in the top 20. Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You (Columbia/Sony) climbed 52-17 and The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York (Rhino/Warner), feauring Kirsty MacColl, 67-18.


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