One Direction Tops UK Album Charts, Lily Allen Has No. 1 Single

One Direction

RJ Shaughnessy

One Direction sold a further 124,000 copies of “Midnight Memories” (Syco Music/Sony) to top the U.K. album chart for a second week, with a two-week total of 361,000 units. Lily Allen’s “Somewhere Only We Know” (Parlophone/Warner Music), which fell three places to No. 4 on last week’s singles survey, promptly climbed three to regain top spot.

The Official Charts Company’s new sales data, published yesterday (Dec. 8), showed the One Direction album comfortably outselling all other artist albums, with Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) moving back 3-2 with 91,000 new sales. He changed places with his Take That colleague Gary Barlow’s “Since I Saw You Last” (Polydor/Universal).

If 1D's strong sales continues at its current rate, by Christmas "Midnight Memories" could become one of the year's top 5 biggest selling albums.

The special edition of Olly Murs’ “Right Place, Right Time” (Epic/Sony) held at No. 4 on the new survey, while classical crossover favorites Il Divo scored a sixth top ten album with “A Musical Affair” (Syco Music/Sony). 2010 “X Factor” runner-up Rebecca Ferguson’s sophomore release “Freedom” (RCA/Sony) arrived at No. 6, and its single “I Hope” at No. 15. “Now! That’s What I Call Music 86” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI) is in a third week atop the compilation chart.

Allen’s single, the theme for this year’s TV campaign by retailer John Lewis, bounced back to No. 1 with sales some 6,000 ahead of “Story Of My Life,” the single from One Direction’s album, which climbed 3-2. Bastille’s “Of The Night” (Virgin/EMI) moved back 5-3 as last week’s No. 1, “Under Control” (Columbia/Sony) by Calvin Harris featuring Swedish DJ Alesso and Hurts frontman Theo Hutchcraft, fell to No. 4. Barlow’s “Let Me Go” dipped 2-5.

Avicii’s “Hey Brother” made the top ten with a 14-8 climb, while Jason Derulo improved 26-12 with “Trumpets” (Warner Bros./Warner Music). In the traditional festive surge, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Columbia/Sony) raced 47-14 and the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York” (Warner Bros./Warner Music), featuring Kirsty MacColl, 53-16, with many other Christmas perennials reappearing further down the chart.