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'Dad Blogger' LadBaby Lands U.K.'s Christmas No. 1

LadBaby We Built This City ...on Sausage Rolls
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LadBaby, "We Built This City ...on Sausage Rolls"

The U.K. tradition of Christmas No. 1s coming from left field continues with the news that the 2018 winner of that prestigious crown is LadBaby, a 31-year-old YouTube star and “dad blogger.”

His version of Starship's “We Built This City” (Frtyfve) featuring his wife and two sons, remakes the song as an ode to a favorite British food, sausage rolls, but with a serious element in that proceeds from the single are going to the food bank charity the Trussell Trust. 

The track took the festive top spot with combined units of 75,000, of which 93% were downloads, according to the Official Charts Company. That put LadBaby a comfortable 18,500 units ahead of Ava Max's “Sweet But Psycho” (Atlantic/Warner Music). The American singer was ahead at the halfway stage in the chart race, but has to be content with the No. 2 spot for the second week running.

Ariana Grande's “Thank U, Next” (Republic/ Universal) falls to No. 3 after six weeks at the summit, while Mariah Carey's “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Columbia/Sony) climbs again, 5-4. Halsey's “Without Me” (Capitol/Universal) falls 3-5. Ariana Grande debuts at No. 8 with “Imagine” (Republic/Universal); her “Santa Tell Me” improves 30-23. 

Other festive recurrents among the Christmas chart honors are Wham!'s “Last Christmas” (RCA/Sony), steady at No. 7; “Fairytale Of New York” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) by the Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl, down 10-11; and Band Aid's “Do They Know It's Christmas” (Mercury/Universal), up 15-13. 

John Lennon and Paul McCartney are both represented, with “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” (Apple Corps/Universal) by John & Yoko and the Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir up 42-29 and “Wonderful Christmastime” (Parlophone/Universal), which McCartney played at the U.K. dates on his Freshen Up tour that ended last weekend, up 48-35. 

The album chart sees The Greatest Showman (Atlantic/Warner) delivering its strongest sales week to date as it marks a year on the countdown. Combined units of 69,000 give it a second consecutive and 23rd aggregate week at No. 1, as the BPI confirms that the set is now five-times platinum.

Michael Bublé's Love (Reprise/Warner Music) climbs 3-2, changing places with George Ezra's Staying At Tamara's (Columbia/Sony). Roy Orbison's Unchained Melodies (Sony Music CG), with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, holds at No. 4 and Take That's Odyssey (Polydor/Universal) at No. 5.

The highest new entry of the week is Bruce Springsteen's Springsteen On Broadway (Columbia/Sony), at No. 6. The Fleetwood Mac retrospective 50 Years — Don't Stop(Rhino/Warner) jumps 12-8 and Olly MursYou Know I Know (RCA/Sony) is up 11-10.