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George Michael Best-Of Sales Improve 5625 Percent in Last U.K. Charts of 2016

George Michael returns to the top ten of both the U.K. singles and album charts in the wake of his passing on Christmas Day, as Clean Bandit's “Rockabye” (Atlantic/Warner), featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie, retains the singles crown for an eighth week. Little Mix's Glory Days (Syco Music/Sony) regains the top spot on the album chart in the final weekly charts of 2016.

The all-conquering Clean Bandit single extends its reign with 44,000 downloads and 3.4 million streams, according to the Official Charts Company. Zara Larsson's “I Would Like” (Black Butter/Epic/Sony) climbs to another new peak, rising 6-2, as Rag 'n' Bone Man's “Human” (Best Laid Plans) dips 2-3.

Little Mix's latest hit single “Touch” remains at No. 4, as does Mariah Carey's “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Sony) at No. 5. Little Mix's previous chart-topper “Shout Out To My Ex” rebounds 13-6, and Bruno Mars' “24K Magic” 12-10.

Michael's festive perennial with Wham!, “Last Christmas” (RCA/Sony), climbs 16-7. It's the first of four singles in the top 100 for the late pop superstar, although the others are all outside the top 40, with “Careless Whisper” at No. 44, “Faith” at No. 64 and his live duet with Elton John, “Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” at No. 91.

The Little Mix album led the chart in its first two weeks and has been in the top five for its entire six-week stay. It moves back 2-1 to trade places with Michael Ball and Alfie Boe's Together (Decca/Universal), the bestselling artist album of the previous two weeks.

The Wonder Of You (RCA/Sony) by Elvis Presley with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra holds at No. 3, Olly Murs' 24 HRS (RCA/Sony) improves 5-4 and The Rolling Stones' Blue & Lonesome (Polydor/Universal) falls 4-5. That's the Stones album's fourth straight week in the top five; their last studio release to achieve that feat was 1980's Emotional Rescue.

The 1998 retrospective Ladies and Gentlemen — The Best of George Michael (Epic/Sony) is the album to receive the most attention in the late singer-songwriter's catalogue, with a 5625% improvement in combined units for a re-entry at No. 8. The hits package topped the chart for eight weeks on first release, and spent nine more in the top ten. His last album with Wham!, The Final, reappears at No. 40, with the 2006 compilation Twenty Five at No. 47, and other solo sets Faith at No. 62, Symphonica at No. 73 and Older at No. 84.