Stones Roll Back To U.K. No. 1 With 'Blue and Lonesome'
'Blue and Lonesome' takes the top spot on the U.K. albums chart, while Clean Bandit has the No. 1 song for the fifth straight week.
The Rolling Stones' Blue & Lonesome (Polydor/Universal) delivers a banner first week to race straight to the top of the U.K. album chart. In the process, it records the second-highest opening sale of the year for any individual artist release, and becomes their first No. 1 studio album in their home country since 1994's Voodoo Lounge. Meanwhile, Clean Bandit's “Rockabye” (Atlantic/Warner), featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie, starts a fifth week atop the singles chart.
The Stones' 2010 reissue of 1972's Exile On Main St. repeated the feat of the original release by going to No. 1, but it's 22 years since their last bestseller with a new studio set. Blue & Lonesome posts first-week combined sales of 106,000, second only to David Bowie's 146,000 for Blackstar in January. It's the Stones' 12th U.K. album chart-topper, a sequence that began when their self-titled debut hit the peak in 1964.
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe's Together (Decca/Universal) holds in runner-up spot on the Official Charts Company's new chart, as Little Mix's two-week reign with Glory Days (Syco Music/Sony) ends with a dip to No. 3. Elvis Presley's The Wonder Of You (RCA/Sony) is down 3-4, while Olly Murs' 24 HRS (RCA/Song) is up 6-5.
Michael Bublé's festive perennial Christmas (Reprise/Warner) jumps 11-6, and there are also top ten re-entries for Robbie Williams' The Heavy Entertainment Show (Columbia/Sony), up 12-7, and Emeli Sandé's Long Live The Angels (Virgin/Universal), 14-10.
“Rockabye” now outlasts Clean Bandit's four-week run at No. 1 on the singles survey with “Rather Be” in 2014. Its fifth week at the summit is fuelled by combined units of 70,000. “Black Beatles” (Interscope/ Universal) by Rae Sremmurdfeaturing Gucci Mane is steady at No. 2, as is The Weeknd's “Starboy,” featuring Daft Punk, at No. 3 and James Arthur's “Say You Won't Let Go” (Syco/Sony) at No. 4. Neiked's “Sexual” (Polydor/Universal) climbs 6-5 in its 15th chart week.
The battle of the festive recurrents is currently an easy victory for Mariah Carey, whose “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Sony), already a top 40 hit for the tenth time, races 29-6. That's its best showing since its 2007 run took it to No. 4. Rag 'n' Bone Man, who was announced as the winner of the 2017 Critics' Choice BRIT Award earlier this week, climbs 11-8 with “Human” (Best Laid Plans).