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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Soar Again With ‘Who Built The Moon?’

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' 'Who Built The Moon?' shoots to the top of the charts, and Camila Cabello's 'Havana' spends its fifth week holding onto its No. 1 spot.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have their third straight U.K. No. 1 album, as Who Built The Moon? (Sour Mash) goes straight to the top with 78,000 combined units, according to the Official Charts Company. Camila Cabello‘s “Havana” (Epic/Syco/Sony), featuring Young Thug, enters a fifth week atop the singles chart.

Gallagher’s band previously reached the summit with their self-titled 2011 debut and the 2015 follow-up Chasing Yesterday. Including his time with Oasis, it’s Gallagher’s 11th U.K. chart-topping album, but the opening numbers for the new release are below those of former Oasis bandmate and brother Liam’s As You Were, which had first-week combined units of 103,000 in October.

Sam Smith‘s former No. 1 The Thrill Of It All (Capitol/Universal) holds at No. 2 again, while Capitol labelmates Little Mix race 46-3 with the former No. 1 Glory Days, after the release of its Platinum Edition. Ed Sheeran improves 6-4 with ÷ (Asylum/Warner). Michael Ball and Alfie Boe’s Together Again (Decca/Universal) is down 3-5.  

A deluxe edition of Elvis Presley‘s Christmas With Elvis and the RPO (Sony Music), featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, takes it back into the chart at its former peak of No. 6. Andre Rieu’s Amore (Decca/Universal), with his Johann Strauss Orchestra, arrives at No. 7 to become the classical violinist’s ninth U.K. top ten album. Now That’s What I Call Music 98 (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) starts a second week atop the compilation chart.  


Cabello holds off the close attention of Rita Ora‘s “Anywhere” (Atlantic/Warner Music) to retain the singles crown, finishing just over 1,000 combined units ahead. Ora stays at No. 2 again. Sheeran’s “Perfect” climbs 4-3, while Marshmello‘s “Silence” (Ministry of Sound), featuring Khalid, dips 3-4, and “Man’s Not Hot” (Universal Island) by Big Shaq continues its progress, 6-5.

“I Miss You” (Atlantic/Warner) by Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels is up 11-6, as “17” (Columbia/Sony) by MK rises 16-10. James Arthur’s “Naked” (Syco Music/Sony) is new at No. 11.  

Clean Bandit and Julia Michaels “I Miss You” breaks the Top 10 for the first time at 6, as does DJ Marc Kinchen (a.k.a. MK), rising to No. 10 with house track “17,” while highest new entry this week goes to James Arthur, with “Naked” at No. 11.  

Things are starting to get festive on the Official Singles Chart, as Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want For Christmas is You” jingles all the way to No. 22, zooming 12 places, while Craig David‘s collaboration with Bastille, “I Know You,” is new at No. 25.  

Wham!‘s seasonal classic “Last Christmas” skates into the top 40 for the 12th time, up 52 slots to 29, and following the release of his third post-Oasis album Who Built The Moon?, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds score a fourth top 40 with “Holy Mountain,” rocketing 48 places to 31. Raye also scores her first UK Top 40 as a lead artist, as “Decline” (featuring Mr Eazi) breaks in at Number 34.