Before they split more than 10 years ago, Take That had eight number one singles and three number one albums - but never topped the two charts at the same time, writes Alan Jones.
But the reformed Mancunian band achieve just that this week, continuing atop the singles chart with comeback single Patience, while debuting at the album apex with Beautiful World.
Patience sold 38,337 copies last week - a 38.1% dip week-on-week - but still retained its title comfortably, with Akon & Eminem's Smack That again its closest rival but well beaten, on sales of 24,112.
Patience is the eighth of Take That's number one singles to spend more than a week on top - only Babe (1993) failed to extend its stay at the summit beyond seven days.
Although unable to match the sales of any of the top three albums from the previous week, when new albums from Westlife, Oasis and The Beatles all sold more than 170,000 copies, Take That's fourth studio album Beautiful World debuts at number one. Sales of 168,954 provide it with a small advantage over Il Divo, who were aiming for their third consecutive number one album with Siempre and came close to achieving it, with first week sales just 1.51% less than Beautiful World.
Given a late, and possibly crucial, boost by the repeat screening of Take That...For The Record on ITV1 on Friday, Beautiful World is Take That's fourth chart topper, and an extremely belated follow-up to Nobody Else, which provided their previous best first week for a studio album, opening with sales of 163,399 in 1995.
They topped that with their Greatest Hits compilation, which opened with sales of 226,107 in 1996.
Their subsequent compilation Never Forget - The Ultimate Collection, number two, on first week sales of 90,178 last year, has so far sold 919,481 copies.
The seventh different number one album in as many weeks, Beautiful World's first week sales overshadow the 147,236 copies former Take That member Robbie Williams' Rudebox sold when it debuted at number one five weeks ago.
A year after Il Divo's Ancora album replaced Westlife's Face To Face at number one their follow-up Siempre narrowly fails to follow the Irish band's Love Album this week, debuting instead at number two.
Siempre is Il Divo's third album and, despite failing to match the number one debuts of its predecessors, it gives the pseudo-classical quartet - comprising an American, a Spaniard, a Frenchman and a Swiss - their best first week sales of 166,395. Their self-titled November 2004 debut opened with sales of 132,829, while November 2005's Ancora's first week tally was 149,047.
Oasis' Stop The Clocks compilation has a good second frame, dipping 2-3 on sales of 156,699, while last week's number one, Westlife's The Love Album, slides to number four on sales of 100,218.
Meanwhile, The Beatles' Love ebbs 3-5 on sales of 95,386 and U2's 18 Singles falls 4-6 with 85,739 sales.
The Sound Of Girls Aloud: The Greatest Hits holds at number seven, while posting a 24.4% increase in sales week-on-week to 67,954, and raising its five week cume to 317,491.
Two other greatest hits albums which debuted at number one - George Michael's Twenty Five and Jamiroquai's High Times - continue to fall. Twnety Five dips 5-8 on sales of 67,410, and High Times descends 6-10 with sales of 56,310. Completing the Top 10, Fron Male Voice Choir's Voices Of The Valley rises 13-9 on sales of 56,470.
G4's total album sales topped the million mark last week, thanks primarily to the X Factor discoveries' third album, Act Three, which debuts at number 21 on sales of 37,487. In a chart with a high density of 'popera' - pop/classical crossover - acts (Il Divo, Fron Male Voice Choir, Angelis, All Angels, Aled Jones) it's way down on their self-titled debut, which entered at number one on sales of 245,269 in March 2005, and their G4 & Friends set, a new entry at number six exactly a year ago, on sales of 97,100.
Paul & Linda McCartney did it in 1971 with Ram, and Jack and Meg White (White Stripes) did it in 2003, three years after their divorce, but the latest married couple to set their sights on a number one album - Katie Price (aka Jordan) and Peter Andre - fall some way short this week, debuting at number 20 with A Whole New World. Andre topped the chart in 1996 with Natural, though its sales that week (35,540) were, incredibly, less than the 37,582 copies A Whole New World sold last week.
Other new entries not mentioned elsewhere are To All New Arrivals by Faithless, which makes an unexpectedly slow debut at number 30 on sales of 28,198. It's the band's first album since their million selling Forever Faithless: The Greatest Hits, which debuted at number one on sales of 70,282 in 2005. Jay-Z's Kingdom Come, which debuts at number 36 on sales of 23,099, less than a thirtieth of the tally which makes it a new entry at number one in America; fellow rapper Snoop Dogg's Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, which arrives at number 47 on sales of 15,425; The Magic Of Boney M, which debuts at number 48 on sales of 15,160, eclipsing the number 66 peak of the last full price Boney M compilation The Greatest Hits (2001); Rockers Incubus' Light Grenades, in at number 52 on sales of 14,031; and The Greatest Songs Of The Sixties, the latest set by Barry Manilow, which barely registers, debuting at number 70 on sales of 8,753. Manilow's similarly-themed The Greatest Songs Of The Fifties made a much bigger impression last year, reaching number 12 just 36 weeks ago.
There's also a notable re-entry to the album chart in the form of The Best Of Neil Diamond. The album was initially released in 1996, when it peaked at number 68. A straightforward reissue of the album adds only a slipcase but in the wake of Diamond's success with 12 Songs, it re-enters the chart at number 44 on sales of 17,599.
While overall album sales climbed to their highest level of 2006 for the second week in a row, at 5,290,452, they were 4.47% below the same week last year, when 5,537,721 albums were sold.
Artist album sales last week, at 4,152,979, were 3.04% below the same week in 2005, when sales were 4,283,116, even though the number one album, Eminem's Curtain Call: The Hits topped the list with a modest 112,915 sales.
Compilation album sales last week, at 1,137,472, were 9.34% down on the 1,254,605 tally they turned in a year ago. Now! 65's chart-topping tally of 165,327 was a worrying 29.73% below the 235,274 sales turned in by Now! 62 in the same week in 2005.
The most ubiquitous song of the week is You Raise Me Up, which appears on Il Divo's Siempre, (number two, 166,395 sales), Fron Male Vocal Choir's Voices Of The Valley (number nine, 56,470 sales) and the Aled Jones compilation You Raise Me Up (number 63, 10,435 sales). You Raise Me Up has now featured on six chart albums in 15 months. Westlife started the trend with the track appearing on their Face To Face album in October 2005, and the song also appeared on The Voice by Russell Watson and Music by Michael Ball earlier this year. It is also on the current number 10 compilation, The Classical Album 2007 (21,239 sales) in a version by Andrea Ross.
While album sales make their seasonal climb, singles sales are off slightly this week, falling 3% to 1,301,331. As mentioned elsewhere, there's no change in the top two, where Take That continue to lead from Akon & Eminem, even though both singles suffer double digit declines.
Boogie 2Nite was a single for Tweet twice but failed to chart on either occasion, while attracting total sales of less than 1,500 - but her loss in Booty Luv's gain, and the latter duo's house remake of the track explodes 19-3 this week on sales of 23,832. Booty Luv are Nadia and Cherise from Big Brovaz, with whom they will release new single Big Bro Thang early in 2007. Boogie 2Nite is the 27th and highest charting single on Hed Kandi, topping the number six peak of Stonebridge's Put 'Em High.
Nelly Furtado's third album, Loose, is her first to spawn three top five hits, thanks to latest offcut, All Good Things Come To An End, which vaults 13-4 this week on sales of 16,376. Previous Loose singles Maneater and Promiscuous (featuring Timbaland) peaked at one and three respectively. Airplay for All Good Things and Christmas-related market growth have both helped Loose to expand its sales rapidly from 5,127 four weeks ago, to 10,825 three weeks ago, 17,181 a fortnight ago and 24,754 last week, while moving 55-45-36-32. Released 25 weeks ago, it's now sold 321,737 copies.
The Fratellis register their third Top 20 hit since June, jumping 52-9 with Whistle For The Choir, on sales of 10,256. Their first hit, Henrietta, reached number 19, and follow-up Chelsea Dagger got to number five. All three tracks are taken from the band's debut album Costello Music, which reached number two nationally in September for the Glasgow trio, and number one in Scotland. Henrietta was a number six hit on the Scottish singles chart, Chelsea Dagger reached number two, and Whistle To The Choir debuts at number two.
Muse's Black Holes And Revelations album spawns its third Top 20 hit this week, as Knights Of Cydonia debuts at number 10 on sales of 9,847. The Devon trio registered their first ever Top 10 hit with Supermassive Black Hole, the first single from the album, which peaked at number four. Follow-up Starlight reached number 13. The success of Knights Of Cydonia has finally halted the decline of Black Holes And Revelations, which debuted at number one in July but has moved 30-36-48-55-54 in the last four weeks.
Finally, although Irreplaceable peaked at number four for Beyonce, it has sold more copies already than its predecessor, Deja Vu, a collaboration with boyfriend Jay-Z, which reached number one. Both tracks are taken from Beyonce's current album B'day, and Irreplaceable has accumulated its six figure sale by enjoying a lengthy stay in the chart's top tier, moving 14-5-4-5-5-6-6. Sales of 14,894 for Irreplaceable last wek lift its cume to 121,186, against Deja Vu's 113,116. B'day has disappointed so far, and remains becalmed, moving 28-27-27-28 in the last three weeks, while lifting its 13 week sales tally to 187,744. Predecessor Dangerously In Love's same stage sales: 521,862.