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Robbie Williams' 'Christmas Present' Gifted Lead In U.K. Chart Race

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Robbie Williams performs live on stage during Magic Radio's Magic of Christmas with 'Last Christmas' at London Palladium on Nov. 24, 2019 in London.

Robbie Williams might get the Christmas present he wants after all.   

After being pipped to the chart title last week by Coldplay’s latest, the veteran British singer’s new set The Christmas Present (Columbia) rises to the top on the midweek chart

Robbie’s double album has a lead of more than 5,000 chart sales at the midweek point, according to the Official Charts Company, and is well on track to land the former Take That bandmate his 13th U.K. No. 1 as a solo artist. All of his 15 chart eligible albums have reached the top 2 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart. 

Another veteran British crooner makes his way up the chart as Rod Stewart’s 50th anniversary album You’re In My Heart (Rhino) goes to No. 2 on the Official U.K. Chart Update, while Coldplay sees their chart-topping double LP Everyday Life (Parlophone) dip 1-3.

Albums by Lewis Capaldi (Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent via EMI) and Michael Ball & Alfie Boe (Back Together via Decca) complete the top five.

This highest new entry at the midweek phase belongs to Cliff Richard & The Shadows with The Best Of The Rock ‘N’ Roll Pioneers (Rhino), starting at No. 7. If it holds its position when the weekly chart is published Friday, it would mark Richard’s 46th U.K. top 10 album.

Also impacting the midweek tally are a pair of classic albums, which enjoy bursts of sales activity following reissue campaigns. Prince’s 1999 (Paisley Park) returns to No. 26 after its super deluxe edition dropped last Friday, and Fleetwood Mac’s blockbuster Rumours (Rhino/Warner Bros) is at No. 27 after being pressed and released on clear vinyl.

Over on the singles survey, Tones And I’s “Dance Monkey” (Parlophone) stays on track for a whopping 10th consecutive week at No. 1. The Australian-bred hit rules over Capaldi’s “Before You Go” (EMI) and Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” (Warner Records) on the Official Singles Chart Update.


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