Michael Ball and Alfie Boe 'Together' at No. 1 on U.K. Album Chart
In the last sales charts before the race for the prestigious Christmas No. 1 slots, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe's Together (Decca/Universal) completes its climb to the top of the album bestsellers. Clean Bandit's “Rockabye” (Atlantic/Warner), featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie, moves into a fifth week atop the singles chart.
Ball & Boe's first album collaboration had spent five consecutive weeks in the top five before moving 2-1 in the Official Charts Company's new data. It's Boe's first chart-topper, and Ball's first since his self-titled debut of 1992. Combined weekly units of 96,000 take the album past the platinum threshold for 300,000 sales.
The Rolling Stones' Blue & Lonesome (Polydor/Universal), which entered at No. 1 last week, has a strong second week. It dips only to No. 2 with 70,000 units to take its two-week tally to 176,000. Little Mix's former No. 1 Glory Days (Syco Music/Sony) holds at No. 3.
Elvis Presley's The Wonder of You (RCA/Sony) and Olly Murs' 24 HRS (RCA/Song) are also unchanged at Nos. 4 and 5. On the compilation chart, Now That's What I Call Music 95 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) spends a fourth straight week at No. 1.
Clean Bandit leads the singles market by some 15,000 combined sales ahead of “Just Hold On” (Syco Music/Sony), which enters at No. 2 for Louis Tomlinson of One Direction with Steve Aoki. Matt Terry, who last weekend became the winner of the 2016 X Factor season, debuts at No. 3, also on Syco, with “When Christmas Comes Around,” which was released last Sunday.
The Weeknd's “Starboy” (XO/Republic/Universal), featuring Daft Punk, dips 3-4 while Rag 'n' Bone Man's “Human” (Best Laid Plans) climbs 8-5. Mariah Carey's “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Sony) falls 6-8 but is still the highest-placed of six classic festive recurrents in the top 40, with “Fairytale Of New York” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) by the Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl, next with a 16-18 fall.