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Take That take top spots again


 
Patience's fourth frame as top single was attended by sales of 30,833, the lowest for a number one for 16 weeks but parent album Beautiful World's sales swelled 15% to 229,001, the highest for a number one album for 10 weeks, and the fourth highest of the year.
 
Take That are the first group to spend more than a fortnight atop both charts simultaneously since The Spice Girls enjoyed a concurrent three week reign with 2 Become 1 and Spice in 1996.
 
A slot on the final of The X Factor reputedly earned Take That £400,000 in appearance fees but they stand to earn much more from the boost it will give to Beautiful World, which has thus far sold 597,149 copies, and will top the million mark before the end of the year - though not before the band's 2005 hits compilation Never Forget: The Ultimate Collection, which rockets to a 43 week high, moving 36-21 on sales of 47,978, taking its cume to 995,371. It's only a week away from eclipsing their 1998 Greatest Hits set, which has sold 1,060,376 copies.
 
Its latest leap takes it past former Take That star Robbie Williams' latest album Rudebox which slips 27-28 on sales of 38,675, with an eight week cume of 383,702 being Williams' lowest for a studio set since first solo album Life Thru A Lens' same stage 29,888 in 1997.
 
Although their performance of Patience on The X Factor will serve Take That well, it's ironic that the artist who will curtail it's run at number one is new X Factor champion Leona, with whom they performed A Million Love Songs.
 
Beautiful World was the only album to sell more than 200,000 copies last week, but overall album sales jumped 16.7% week-on-week to 7,362,658. While that's 3.95% below the 7,665,901 albums sold in the same week last year, it was a week in which most albums made handsome gains in sales, with the only Top 40 artist entries to decline being I'm Not Dead by Pink, and The Kooks' Inside In/Inside Out.
 
The top 74 albums sold more than 10,000 (Emma Bunton, at 75, sold 9,926), and the top six, all non-movers, sold more than 100,000, with Take That being followed by Oasis (151,903), Westlife (150,467), Il Divo (121,557), U2 (113,682) and The Beatles (106,852).
 
Rounding out the Top 10, Snow Patrol (14-7, 96,483 sales), Girls Aloud (7-8, 95,785), George Michael (8-9, 92,498) and Jamiroquai (10-10, 90,698).
 
Eyes Open is certain to be the biggest selling album of 2006, and is also now well on track to become Snow Patrol's biggest seller by the weekend. The album returns to the Top 10 after an absence of six weeks. It has sold 1,296,929 copies in 33 weeks and is closing rapidly on predecessor Final Straw, Snow Patrol's breakthrough album, which has thus far sold 1,423,047 copies. Eyes Open's sales last week were its highest since its first week tally of 126,809.
 
While latest single Land Of A Thousand Words slumps 19-42, The Scissor Sisters' second album Ta-Dah! outperforms the market, plumping up its sales by 33.9% week-on-week to 84,973 as it climbs 13-11. Though way behind their self-titled debut's 2,581,048 tally, it raises its 13 week cume to 954,253, and will become 2006's fourth million selling album later this week. Razorlight's self-titled second album (up 13-11) sold 81,999 copies last week taking its cume to 874,891, beating the 856,612 sales of their Up All Night debut, and will also top the million mark by Christmas.
 
More than 10 years after its release, The Best Of Neil Diamond catapults into the Top 40. The album, dating from May 1996, sold 1,374 copies on its first week in the shops and charted at number 68, dropping out the following week. It was reactivated last month, following the success of Diamond's latest album, 12 Songs, which reached number five in February and won masses of critical acclaim. It jumps 45-30 this week on sales of 35,984 to secure Diamond his 29th Top 40 album in a run that stretches back to 1971.
 
Gloria Estefan's appearance on ITV's penultimate X Factor results show nine days ago, singing a medley of hits, was baffling. She neither held a workshop for the remaining hopefuls or ventured an opinion on their singing. It certainly paid dividends for her though, catapulting her Very Best Of set 71-40 on sales of 30,414. An Audience With Lionel Richie, on ITV the same evening, helped his latest album, Coming Home, to rebound 145-67 on sales of 12,922. Even more impressively, The Definitive Collection (also featuring The Commodores), soars 76-37 with 32,929 sales.
 
On the compilation chart, runner-up Radio 1's Live Lounge surges 39.9% to 90,271 sales but Now! 65 remains a comfortable leader, while its sales slip 8% week-on-week to 152,481. A 27 day sales tally of 719,263 leave it poised to eclipse Now! 64 (762,624 sales) as the year's top compilation.

While album sales forge ahead, singles are off 4% week-on-week at 1,266,194, with no single able to challenge the continuing supremacy of Take That's Patience.
 
Changes in the market mean Patience is not one of Take That's bigger sellers (191,689 sales so far) but their ninth chart-topper's four week run at the summit equals their personal best, set by Pray in 1993 and equalled by Back For Good in 1995.
 
The week's highest debut belongs to chart veteran Cliff Richard. 48 years after Move It gave Cliff Richard his first hit, he registers his 121st Top 40 hit with 21st Century Christmas and a new version of Move It, this time featuring Brian May and Brian Bennett. The double A-sided single debuts at number two on sales of 23,787, instantly matching the chart peak of the original Move It. Assuming the new single has peaked - Leona will certainly keep it off the top - it is Cliff's first number two since 1989's The Best Of Me, and the 11th of his career.
 
Audioslave's last single, Original Fire, reached number 92 in September, a one place improvement on its immediate predecessor, Doesn't Remind Me, but the band's lead singer Chris Cornell is having a great deal more success with his first solo single You Know My Name, which improves 12-7 this week on sales of 14,518. It's the theme from the 21st official James Bond film Casino Royale, and the 10th to make the Top 10 joining efforts from Wings, Carly Simon, Sheena Easton, Duran Duran, A-Ha, Gladys Knight, Louis Armstrong, Tina Turner and Madonna.
 
Truly Madly Deeply was a massive hit for Aussie duo Savage Garden in 1998. It was in the Top 10 for 11 weeks peaking at number four and selling 669,743 copies. It's now a hit for German dance trio Cascada, whose cover jumps 17-4 this week, on sales of 17,421, providing them with their second Top 10 success. Their first single, Everytime We Touch, departs the Top 75 after 20 weeks, having been deleted. It peaked at number two, has sold 194,973 copies and is number 13 for the year.
 
Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson's original version of A Whole New World from the movie Aladdin reached number 12 in 1993, and its peak is matched this week by Katie Price and Peter Andre's cover. The single, which sold 9,382 copies last week, is taken from the Andres' album of the same name, which has moved 20-29-43 since release, selling 95,729 copies. Although much ridiculed, the couple are to be commended for the fact that all of their royalties for single and album are split between five charities, while they get nothing.
 
While her second solo album, The Sweet Escape, retreats 26-48, introductory single Wind It Up jumps 8-3, on sales of 17,706 equalling her best chart placing away from No Doubt. She sang guest vocals on Pharrell Williams' number three hit Can I Have It Like That last year. Williams returns the favour by co-writing and co-producing Wind It Up.
 
Other Top 10 singles not mentioned above: Boogie 2Nite by Booty Luv retreats 2-5 on sales of 16,105; Akon and Eminem fall 3-6 with Smack That on sales of 15,056; P Diddy and Christina Aguilera's Tell Me rises 20-8; Lazy Town dip 4-9 on sales of 10,404; and The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl's 1987 evergreen Fairytale Of New York makes the Top 10 for the second Christmas in a row. It reached number three last year, and climbs 23-10 this week on sales of 10,005.
 
More seasonal arrivals: Crazy Frog's Last Christmas debuts at number 16 (8,082 sales); Andy Abraham & Michael Underwood's December Brings Me To You arrives at number 18 (7,535); 67 year old actor Ricky Tomlinson's Christmas My Arse! debuts at number 25 (5,467), topping the number 28 peak of his 2001 single Are You Looking At Me.
 
The week's biggest loser is Morrissey, whose latest single I Just Want To See The Boy Happy suffers a serious second week slump, diving 16-74 with sales off 83.7% at 1,038.

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