Take That's "The Circus" album (Polydor/Universal) and Leona Lewis' "Run" single (Syco Music/Sony BMG) kept their places as the U.K.'s bestsellers on the new sales charts published yesterday (Dec. 14).
The Take That album started a second week at the top ahead of a 3-2 climb for Lewis' revamped "Spirit" debut, which traded places with the Killers' "Day & Age" (Vertigo/Universal). Kings Of Leon's "Only by the Night" (Hand Me Down/Sony BMG) improved 5-4 as its current single "Use Somebody" leapt 10-2 behind Lewis' Snow Patrol cover. Il Divo's "The Promise" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) jumped 13-5 and Seal's "Soul" (Warner Bros.) 17-12, but Britney Spears' "Circus" (Jive/Sony BMG) crashed 4-14 in its second week.
With almost clockwork timing, 2006 "X Factor" winner Lewis is almost certain to be replaced at No. 1 on next Sunday's Christmas singles chart by her successor (and new labelmate) Alexandra Burke, who won Saturday's final on ITV1. Burke's version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" was digitally released almost immediately after the 20-year-old Londoner's victory, and is physically released on Wednesday.