Take That Tops 500,000 In First Week U.K. Sales

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Robbie Williams and the members of TAKE THAT pose backstage at the Q Awards after a recent announcement that the former boy band will reunite for the first time in 15 years next summer.

Take That made a century's-best debut atop the U.K. album chart, as "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) recorded the biggest first-week sales for any album in the market for 13 years, according to the Official Charts Company.

Meanwhile, British pop outfit JLS scored their fourth U.K. No. 1 single last night (Nov. 22) with this year's official release for the Children In Need charity, "Love You More" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment). But the new availability of the Beatles' catalog on iTunes failed to produce as much chart heat as once expected, with no "new" appearances; four tracks reappeared in the singles top 75, but only one in the top 40 ("Hey, Jude"), with six more between 76-10.

"Progress" sold nearly 520,000 copies last week, outstripping Take That's own 432,000 for 2008's "The Circus," Coldplay's "X&Y" (465,000 in 2005) or any other album since Oasis' "Be Here Now" moved 663,000 in its first, shortened, chart week in 1997.

The new Take That album is their first since Robbie Williams rejoined the fold, and arrives just after lead single "The Flood," which debuted at No. 2 last week and stays there this week. "The Circus" went on to sell 2.2 million copies in the U.K., and its predecessor "Beautiful World" 2.5 million.

Rihanna's two-week reign over the singles chart with "Only Girl (In The World)" (Def Jam/Universal) was ended by JLS, but her "Loud" album debuted at No. 2, and download sales of other tracks took them into the new singles survey. The U.S. chart-topper "What's My Name," featuring Drake, opened at No. 18 and "S&M" at No. 55; this summer's No. 2 hit "Love The Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna moved 30-29.

Last week's No. 1 album, Susan Boyle's "The Gift" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment), fell to No. 3, as "Moonlight Serenade" (Decca/Universal), by Andre Rieu & the Johann Strauss Orchestra, started at No. 4. Pink's "Greatest Hits - So Far" (LaFace/Sony Music Entertainment) came in at No. 5 and, also via Sony, Bruce Springsteen's "The Promise" (Columbia) at No. 7.

EMI's two Beatles albums that were already in the chart, the "1967-1970" and "1962-1966" collections, each moved up slightly after last week's iTunes announcements, 36-32 and 35-33 respectively. But the only individual track to break the singles top 40 was "Hey Jude," at No. 40. "Let It Be" appeared at No. 46, "Twist and Shout" at No. 48 and "Here Comes The Sun" at No. 64. Between 76-100, "In My Life" was at No. 78, "Come Together" No. 83, "Yesterday" No. 86, "I Saw Her Standing There" No. 90, "Eleanor Rigby" No. 94 and "Help" No. 99.

"Love You More" follows JLS' previous No. 1s "Beat Again" and "Everybody In Love," last year, and "The Club Is Alive" this past July. The group's second album "Outta This World" is released in the U.K. today (22). The fastest-rising single in the new chart was Ellie Goulding's cover of Elton John's "Your Song" (Polydor/Universal), which is the theme music for retail giant John Lewis' Christmas advertising campaign. The new recording is on the repackaged version of Goulding's debut album "Bright Lights," out next Monday (Nov. 29).

There were top ten debuts for the former Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "Like A G6" (Interscope/Universal) by Far East Movement featuring Cataracs & Dev, at No. 6, and Irish chart regulars Westlife's "Safe" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment) at No. 10. Black Eyed Peas' "The Time (Dirty Bit)" (Interscope/Universal) rose 11-7.

On Billboard's pan-European charts, Bon Jovi's "Greatest Hits - The Ultimate Collection" (Mercury/Universal) withstood debuts by James Blunt, Susan Boyle and Depeche Mode to retain the leadership of European Albums. Rihanna is in a third week atop Hot European 100 Singles with "Only Girl (In The World)."


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