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Boy bands rule the charts

Boy bands rule the charts

After spectacular first-day sales, partly fuelled by Take That's high TV profile, Progress sold 518,601 copies. While falling short of the all-time record of 663,389 sales in a week (a figure corrected from an original estimate of 696,000) established by Oasis' Be Here Now (a Thursday release) in 1997, it easily beats the 21st century record of 464,471 copies that Coldplay's X&Y sold the week of its release in June 2005.

With downloads available for as little as £3.99, Progress is the first album to sell more than 50,000 copies in a week digitally, with sales of 79,807 far outstripping the previous record of 49,157 set by Kings Of Leon's Come Around Sundown just five weeks ago. Take That previously sold 443,070 copies of Beautiful World in week 51 of2006, while returning member Robbie Williams' previous best sales week came in week 43 of 2003, when Intensive Care sold 373,832 copies. Progress is Take That's sixth number one album. First single The Flood remains at number two, with sales up 25.9% week-on-week to 87,452.

Progress' debut at number one is sweet revenge for Take That over Rihanna, whose new album Loud follows at number two on sales of 91,916 copies. It reverses last week's singles chart scenario, where her Only Girl (In The World) enjoyed an easy second week at number one, while their single, The Flood, debuted at number two.

Only Girl... dips 1-4 this week (74,248 sales) but two other songs from Loud debut: What's My Name (feat. Drake) at number 18 (21,784 sales) and S&M at number 55 (4,956 sales), raising Rihanna's tally of Top 75 entries to 25 in a little over five years.

In a week of dramatic change on the album chart, there are also Top 10 debuts at number four for Dutch violinist Andre Rieu & His Johann Strauss Orchestra (sic) with Moonlight Serenade (58,156 sales), at number five for Pink's first career retrospective, Greatest Hits: So Far (54,040 sales), and at number seven for Bruce Springsteen's The Darkness (43,822 sales), a collection of previously unreleased recordings from sessions for his 1976 album Darkness On The Edge Of Town.

Yielding right of way to the newcomers, last week's number one - Susan Boyle's The Gift - falls to number three (68,508 sales), while Bon Jovi's Greatest Hits slides 2-6 (49,191 sales), and Cheryl Cole's Messy Little Raindrops ebbs 3-8 (41,346 sales).

Overall albums sales improve for the fifth time in a row, increasing 37.25% week-on-week to 3,192,027 - a 45 week high but 2.60% below same week 2009 sales of 3,276,929.

Meanwhile, JLS rack up their fourth number one single from five releases. Love You More is the second single from their second album Outta This World, which drops today (Monday).

Selling 118,551 copies last week, it's the official 2010 song for the BBC's Children In Need appeal, becoming the sixth number one from 19 releases in the series.

Ellie Goulding's version of Elton John's hit Your Song is used in John Lewis' current TV campaign, and leaps 39-3 (84.896 sales), while Far East Movement's recent US number one, Like A G6, is an even bigger mover, rocketing 51-6 (51,519 sales).

While Take That top the album chart and JLS take the singles crown, Westlife - who featured in the X Factor results show eight days ago alongside their boy band colleagues - only debut at number 10 with their latest single, Home (36,481 sales). All of the group's 24 previous singles charted higher, 14 of the reaching number one.

Following the historic release of The Beatles' catalogue on iTunes last Tuesday, The X Factor featured songs made famous by the fab four on Saturday, further boosting their sales.

32 Beatles recordings make the Top 200, with four of them in the published Top 75. Hey Jude leads the way at number 40 (7,006 sales), followed by Let It Be (number 46, 5,801 sales), Twist And Shout (number 48, 5,633 sales, and Here Comes The Sun (number 64, 4,195 sales). It is the first chart appearance for the latter two songs, raising the Beatles' tally of hits to 34.

Overall, some 132,649 Beatles tracks were sold. 12,268 Beatles albums were also downloaded, against 19,256 Beatles CDs and 97 LPs. The only Beatles albums in the Top 75 remain the 1967-1970 and 1962-1966 sets (36-32 and 35-33, with 9,316 and 9,299 sales, respectively).

Looking a little more closely at The Beatles' sales, it's interesting to note that even fellow Scouser Rebecca Ferguson's performance of Yesterday on The X Factor on Saturday evening couldn't generate enough sales to nudge it into the Top 75.

The Beatles songs in the Top 200 not mentioned above are as follows: In My Life (number 78, 3,153 sales), Come Together (number 83, 2,939 sales), Yesterday (number 86, 2,913 sales), I Saw Her Standing There (number 90, 2,620 sales), Eleanor Rigby (number 94, 2563 sales), Help (number 99, 2,439 sales), A Day In The Life (number 105, 2,252 sales), Strawberry Fields Forever (number 110, 2,190 sales), All You Need Is Love (number 112, 2,175 sales), Penny Lane (number 117, 2,034 sales), Blackbird (number 118, 2,019 sales), I Am The Walrus (number 119, 2,019 sales), Lucy In The Sky (With Diamonds) (number 120, 1,976 sales), While My Guitar Gently Weeps (number 125, 1,855 sales), The Long And Winding Road (number 126, 1,851 sales), A Hard Day's Night (number 129, 1,836 sales), You've Got To Hide Your Love Away (number 132, 1,776 sales), Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (number 135, 1,725 sales), With A Little Help From My Friends (number 136, 1,701 sales), Ticket To Ride (number 137, 1,695 sales), Love Me Do (number 152, 1,557 sales), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (number 161, 1,483 sales), Back In The USSR (number 172, 1,441 sales), Can't Buy Me Love (number 177, 1,411 sales), And I Love Her (number 185, 1,359 sales), Hello, Goodbye (number 190, 1,324 sales), Revolution (number 192, 1,314 sales), All My Loving (number 197, 1,272 sales). The influx raised the bar for entry to the Top 200 by 24.3% week-on-week to 1,234 sales.

The least popular Beatles track? Surprisingly, not the extremely lengthy, avant garde Revolution Number 9, which sold 48 copies, but the Rubber Soul song What Goes On?. Written by Lennon, McCartney and Starr, it was one of drummer Ringo's rare lead vocals, and attracted just 14 downloads last week.

Beatles activity helped overall singles sales to increase 9.79% week-on-week to 3,083,652 - a 40 week high, and 12.40% above same week 2009 sales of 2,743,427.

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