The battle of the rock veterans on the U.K. album chart has been won by Rod Stewart. His You’re In My Heart (Rhino/Warner) moved ahead of The Who’s WHO (Polydor/Universal) as the chart week progressed to climb 2-1; in a tight race, The Who finish with a No. 3 debut. Tones & I’s “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch) tops the singles chart for an 11th straight week.
— Warner Music UK (@WarnerMusicUK) December 13, 2019
You’re In My Heart is Stewart’s tenth No. 1 album and makes him the oldest solo male artist to top the U.K. listings, according to the Official Charts Company. At 74 years and 11 months old, he beats the previous record-holder, Paul Simon, by three months. Last week’s bestselling artist album, Robbie Williams‘ festive release The Christmas Present (Columbia/Sony), falls to No. 2. Only 750 combined units separate the top three.
The Who album, their 12th studio release, stood at No. 1 earlier in the week. It misses out on becoming only their second chart-topping set in their home country after 1971’s Who’s Next, but still becomes their highest-placed album since 1981’s No. 2 success Face Dances. Meanwhile, Michael Ball & Alfie Boe’s Back Together (Decca/Universal) improves 5-4, changing places with Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (EMI/Universal).
Tones & I now has the longest-running besteller by a female artist in U.K. singles chart history, and the Australian artist is now one chart away from adding the prestigious Christmas No. 1 to her achievements. “Own It” (Merky/Atlantic/Warner) by Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy is up 3-2 and Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” (Warner) 4-3.
Capaldi’s “Before You Go” falls 2-4 and Arizona Zervas holds at No. 5 with “Roxanne” (Sony). Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Columbia/Sony) climbs again, 8-6, as Wham’s “Last Christmas” (RCA) makes the top ten for the fourth year in a row, moving 13-7. Ellie Goulding’s cover of Joni Mitchell’s “River” (Polydor/Universal) is up 14-8, and Harry Styles just misses the top ten with “Adore You” (Columbia/Sony), which starts at No. 11.