Robbie Williams Claims 'Heavy' U.K. Album Record

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Robbie Williams has broken the record for most U.K. No. 1 albums by a British solo artist, debuting at the top with his 11th studio release The Heavy Entertainment Show (Columbia/Sony). Clean Bandit's "Rockabye" (Atlantic/Warner), featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie, completes its climb to the top of the singles chart.

The Heavy Entertainment Show is Williams' 12th U.K. album bestseller, moving him past David Bowie's total of 11. He's now level with Madonna, and only one behind Elvis Presley, who scored his 13th No. 1 with The Wonder Of You two weeks ago.

The Official Charts Company reports that Williams' album sold 67,000 combined units to claim top spot. Vocalists Michael Ball and Alfie Boe's first collaborative album Together (Decca/Universal) enters at No. 2, while the Presley set falls 2-3 and Michael Bublé's Nobody But Me (Reprise/Warner) slips 3-4. Bon Jovi open at No. 5 with This House Is Not For Sale (EMI/Universal). Bublé's perennial Christmas album is on the march again, climbing 16-7.


Clean Bandit's single has climbed 7-3-1, with combined units of 72,000 -- of which 37,000 were downloads -- and 3.5 million streams, according to the OCC. "Rockabye" ends the three-week reign of Little Mix's "Shout Out To My Ex" (Syco/Sony), which falls to No. 2. Their Syco labelmate James Arthur's "Say You Won't Let Go" falls 2-3.

The Weeknd's "Starboy" (Republic/XO/Universal), featuring Daft Punk, is steady at No. 4, and Bruno Mars' "24K Magic" (Atlantic/Warner) climbs 6-5. "Don't Wanna Know" (Interscope/Universal) by Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar becomes the band's ninth U.K. top ten hit, rising 11-7.