Robbie Williams is looking to simultaneously lead the UK singles and albums markets for the first time since 2001 with Candy and Take The Crown taking charge of the midweeks.
Following its release this week, the singer's first Island album Take The Crown has taken a commanding lead on artist albums with nearly 50,000 copies sold by the end of busy on Tuesday, according to the Official Charts Company. That is nearly double sales of closest challenger, the newly-issued Decca set Magic Of The Movies by Andre Rieu and the Johann Straus Orchestra.
At the same time Williams' single Candy, which debuted at No 1 last Sunday, has a narrow lead at the top of the singles market with Syco act Labrinth's Beneath Your Beautiful featuring Emeli Sande in second place around 7,800 sales behind.
If Take The Crown and Candy can hold on it will place the former Take That star at the top of both main sales charts at the same time since December 2001 when Swing When You're Winning led albums and his Nicole Kidman duet Somethin' Stupid headed singles. Take The Crown will also become his 10th albums chart-topper, overtaking Michael Jackson and putting him only behind The Beatles (15), Madonna (12) and Elvis Presley (11).
Williams and Rieu lead a busy week for new albums with six of the top eight sellers new releases. They include JLS whose RCA-issued Evolution registers at 3, while Rieu is joined by Decca colleagues Military Wives whose second album Stonger Together is 5. Their first album In My Dreams topped the chart earlier this year.
Former Radio 1 breakfast show host Chris Moyles could be heading for the Top 10 for the first time with his Mercury set The Diffiuclt Second Album new at 7 at this stage of the week. His first release, The Parody Album, reached 17 in 2009. The new album is more than 1,000 sales ahead of Music From Another Dimension, the first studio set since March 2004 by Columbia's Aerosmith who are looking to crack the UK Top 10 for the first time since 2001 when Just PushPlay reached 7.
Aerosmith's Columbia colleague Calvin Harris is down to 4 in the midweeks having debuted at 1 last Sunday with 18 Months, while Virgin's Emeli Sande drops 3-6 with Our Version Of Events, Kylie Minogue's Parlophone set The Abbey Road Sessions slips 2-9 and the Syco-issued Together by Jonathan & Charlotte climbs 15-10 with sales up 441% following the screening of an ITV1 documentary about them.
A third Decca album looks set for a Top 20 debut with Andrea Bocelli's Opera at 13 on Sales Flashes, while other chart entries this weekend will include new studio sets from Def Jam/Mercury's Ne-Yo, Mercury's Kristina Train and Columbia's Manic Street Preachers with a 20th anniversary re-issue of their first album Generation Terrorists.
The X Factor continues to have a big impact on the singles market with Columbia/Roc Nation act Rita Ora's Shine Ya Light leaping 47-8 on midweeks after she performed it on the results show last Sunday, while her album Ora rises 44-17 with sales up 366%.
There was also a performace from No Doubt, but this is having far less of a commercial reaction with the track they performed, Looking Hot, not registering in the midweeks and its parent Interscope/Polydor album Push And Shove quietly re-entering at 107. Instead their back catalogue has a better pick-up with retrospective The Singles 1992-2003 returning at 60 and former chart-topper Don't Speak at 42 on midweek singles. This was performed on last Saturday's The X Factor by contestant James Arthur.
Other tracks covered by the programme's contestants last weekend are also doing well, including Atlantic act Jason Mraz's I Won't Give Up (performed by Kye Sones) and the RCA-handled Listen by Beyonce (Jahmene Douglas). The Mraz track climbs 67-17 with sales up 510% and Listen re-enters at 27.
Global Talent/Island's The Wanted are heading for a seventh Top 10 single with I Found You new at 3 in the midweeks, while XL act Adele's Skyfall climbs 5-4 to swap places with the Virgin track Don't You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin. Relentless act Misha B's second single Do You Think Of Me is new at 6 at this stage of the week as the One More Tune/Warner Bros-issued Can You Hear Me (Ayayaya) by Wiley with Skepta, JME and Ms D drops 3-7. Behind Rita Ora, Island's PSY falls 7-9 with Gangnam Style and Mercury's Sub Focus is heading for his highest-charting track with Tidal Wae featuring Alpines debuting at 10.
Other new arrivals to Sunday's chart will include RCA act Christina Aguilera's Your Body and the Play Hard-issued Zimzimma by Sneakbo.
The full midweek singles and albums charts are on musicweek.com.