Confounding critics and exceeding expectations, Take That's double whammy continues with Patience enjoying a third week at the singles summit while Beautiful World is the number one album for the second week in a row, writes Alan Jones.
The veteran Mancunian band, who reformed after a hiatus of more than 10 years, are enjoying extended success with their ninth number one single and fourth number one album.
Both achieved exceedingly comfortable victories: Patience's sales dipped marginally from 38,337 to 37,894, giving it a 98.8% margin over Booty Luv's Boogie 2 Nite, which rises 3-2 on sales of 19,057; just 31 more than Akon & Eminem's Smack That, which it swaps places with.
Beautiful World powered to a second week sale of 199,185. That's 17.9% up on its first week sale of 168,954, and an impressive 48.6% clear of nearest challengers Oasis' Stop The Clocks, which climbs 3-2 in a Top 10 in which there are no new entries.
The Love Album by Westlife rebounds 4-3 on sales of 123,812, while Il Divo fall 2-4 with Siempre on sales of 119,078. Completing a top five in which all of the titles sold more than 100,000, U2's 18 Singles compilation had an excellent week, and climbs 6-5 on sales of 105,672 - a 23.24% improvement.
The Beatles' Love dips 5-8, while its sales fall 4.5% to 91,057. The Sound Of Girls Aloud is in seventh place for the third week in a row, despite its sales strengthening by 23.7% to 84,082.
Increased sales also combine with static chart placings for George Michael's Twenty Five (8-8, on sales up 13.8% at 76,734); Fron Male Voice Choir's Voices Of The Valley (9-9, despite a 29.7% increase in sales to 73,248); and Jamiroquai's High Times: Singles 1993-2006 (10-10, up 19% at 67,006).
Making valiant efforts to return to the Top 10 but failing despite excellent sales were the current albums from The Sugababes and Pink.
The Sugababes' Overloaded: The Singles Collection improves 15-11 on sales of 66,956, 49.5% up week-on-week.
Fourth single Nobody Knows peaked a fortnight ago at number 27 but Pink's I'm Not Dead album sprints 19-12, an impressive leap accompanied by a 70.7% increase in sales week-on-week to 65,250. That makes it the biggest week of the album's 36 week career, beating the 39,892 copies it sold while debuting at number three in April. The album's cumulative sales of 637,665 already exceed 2003's Try This (486,665) and 2000's Can't Take Me Home (421,247). Pink's 2001 blockbuster Missundaztood - 1,713,832 and counting - outsells all the rest put together, however.
First single Wind It Up debuts at number eight on sales of 10,381 downloads, but Gwen Stefani's second solo album, The Sweet Escape has to settle for a number 26 debut on sales of 33,632. The album makes a slower start than Stefani's first solo set Love. Angel. Music. Baby, which made its debut two years ago last week at number 14 on sales of 45,484. It peaked 24 weeks later at number four, and will by now have passed the million sales mark, having sold 999,997 copies to close of business on Saturday.
With 32 chart singles to her credit, Mary J. Blige's first ever hits compilation was long overdue, and finally arrived last Monday in the form of Reflections (A Retrospective), which plays host to 15 of those hits, and adds four new recordings. It debuts very conservatively at number 42 on sales of 23,839. Blige's last album, The Breakthrough, released on 12 December last year, scored her best first week sales (24,485) but debuted at a lowly number 48., ending a run of four Top 10 albums for one of urban music's most successful artists.
Despite her terpsichorean talents winning her acclaim on Strictly Come Dancing, and the number three peak scaled by introductory single Downtown, Emma Bunton's third solo album, Life In Mono, makes an inauspicious start to its chart career, debuting at number 65 on sales of 12,307. Bunton's first solo album, A Girl Like Me opened at number four on sales of 21,694, while 2004 follow-up Free Me debuted at number seven on sales of 33,091. The least successful album by a former Spice Girl remains Melanie Brown's LA State Of Mind, which has sold 1,509 copies since its 2005 release.
Combined sales of the Top 10 artist albums last week totalled 1,073,928 - just 4% up on the previous week, whereas the overall artist album market - subdued because of bad weather early in the week - eventually improved by 15.7% week-on-week to 4,804,149.
The compilation sector had a much better week, with sales increasing by 32.3% to 1,505,431, although Now! 65 - number one for the third straight week - barely benefited, with its sales climbing by just 325 to 165,652. Radio 1's Live Lounge climbs 3-2 on sales up 43.1% at 64,523, and Eminem Presents The Re-Up debuts at number three on sales of 60,696. Every album in the Top 10 increased sales, whereas only seven of the Top 10 artist albums made gains.
Overall album sales at 6,309,580, were up 19.3% week-on-week but down 5.5% on the same week in 2006, when they totalled 6,674,018.
The top 16 artist albums all sold upwards of 50,000 copies last week, and the top 72 sold more than 10,000 copies, with the number 75 album (An Other Cup by Yusuf) selling a highly respectable 9,539 copies. A year ago, 25 albums sold more than 50,000, 79 albums exceeded the 10,000 mark and the number 75 (Tissues And Issues by Charlotte Church) sold 11,359 copies.
While album sales were a little disappointing, singles held up well despite a lack of hot new releases. Overall, 1,318,058 singles were sold, a 1% increase over the previous week, and 27.97% up on the same week last year. The week's highest debuting single is the first release from cult TV hit Crazy Town.
Created and filmed in Iceland and attracting large audiences for both the BBC and Nickleodeon's kids' channel Nick, Lazy Town is a weird mixture of live action, puppetry and CGI and has spawned a similarly successful soundtrack album which has sold 71,273 copies to date. It's bristling with synth-driven pop songs, of which the first to graduate to singles release is the show-closing Bing Bang (It's Time To Dance), which grabs highest debut honours on the chart this week, entering at number four on sales of 12,988.
Other titles in the Top 10 not mentioned above: Nelly Furtado's All Good Things (Come To An End) declines 4-5 on sales of 12,735 while jumping 4-1 on the airplay chart; Justin Timberlake's My Love, Beyonce's Irreplaceable and Fedde Le Grand's Put Your Hands Up For Detroit also fall one place, dipping 5-6, 6-7 and 8-9 respectively on sales of 12,203, 11,395 and 9,952; Jamelia's Beware Of The Dog advances 24-10 on sales of 9,008. The track, thus tops the number 13 peak of Depeche Mode's 1989 single Personal Jesus, which it samples. It's the second single from Jamelia's current album, Walk With Me, following Something About You, which peaked at number nine. The album, which debuted and peaked 10 weeks ago at number 20, increases its sales by 33.1% week-on-week to 1,649 - somewhat below the 2,067 sales required of Russell Watson's The Voice to take anchor position on the Top 200.
Morrissey racks up his 45th Top 40 hit in all, his 29th solo and his fourth from current album Ringleader Of The Tormentors, as I Just Want To See The Boy Happy debuts at number 16 on sales of 6,370. It's scheduled to be the last single from Ringleader Of The Tormentors, which is therefore unlikely to improve much on its current cume of 140,614 sales, a tally which increased by only 603 last week. It's a step back from his 2004 triumph You Are The Quarry, which has so far sold 369,329 copies.
33 years after it initially topped the chart, the reissued Merry Xmas Everybody by Slade leaps 54-22, on sales of 5,714. It's the ninth different year in which it has charted and it's the highest placed seasonal song on the chart at present, although Mariah Carey's 1994 hit All I Want For Christmas Is You - available now only as a download and thus not chart eligible - sold 9,317 copies last week and would rank 10th. In America, All I Want For Christmas jumps 24-9 on the download chart with 39,682 sales.
The Scissor Sisters' second album Ta-Dah! is schedule to top the million sales mark by Christmas. Holding at number 13, it sold 63,479 copies last week to take its cume to 869,280 but there will be no repeat of the number one success of predecessor I Don't Feel Like Dancin' for second single Land Of A Thousand Words, which graduates from download to full release with a 68-19 move on sales of 6,194. It barely overhauls I Don't Feel Like Dancin' which sells another 5,512 copies to take its career tally to 329,345, and moves to third year-to-date.