Robbie Williams Swinging Toward a 12th U.K. No. 1 Album

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Robbie Williams is Britain's man of the moment. The pop star was honored on Monday (Nov. 7) with the BRITs Icon Award, joining Elton John and the late David Bowie as the only recipients of the BRIT Awards' highest accolade. And come Friday, he could have his 12th No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart.

Williams' The Heavy Entertainment Show (Columbia), his first release through Sony Music, has a comfortable lead over Michael Ball & Alfie Boe's second-placed Together (Decca) at the midway stage of the chart week, according to the Official Charts Company. 


Williams, the former Take That singer, is recognized as the most successful British solo artist in U.K. chart history. Nine of his 10 previous studio albums have reached reach No. 1 on the Official Albums Chart, as have two greatest hits compilations. 

Only two other solo artists have achieved more No. 1 albums in the U.K.: Elvis Presley, who just two weeks ago posthumously set the record with 13, and Madonna with 12.

Bon Jovi's 13th studio album This House Is Not for Sale (EMI) is at No. 3 on the Official Albums Chart Update, Michael Buble's Nobody But Me (Reprise) is at No. 4 and the Canadian crooner's Christmas set returns to the top tier at No. 8.  Elvis Presley's former chart-topper The Wonder of You (Legacy/RCA) is at No. 5 while new releases from Queen, Alicia Keys and Russell Watson are on track to crack the top 30. 


Meanwhile, Clean Bandit could steal the U.K. singles chart crown with "Rockabye" (Atlantic). "Rockabye," which features rapper Sean Paul and newcomer Anne-Marie, debuted at No. 7 two weeks ago and currently sits at No. 1 on the Official Singles Chart Update. 

The English electronic has already sampled life at the U.K. chart summit with "Rather Be", which spent four weeks at No. 1 in January 2014 (violinist Neil Milan has since left the band). 

Little Mix's "Shout Out To My Ex" (Syco) dips to No. 2 on the midweek chart, James Arthur's hit "Say You Won't Let Go" (Columbia) is at No. 3, Bruno Mars' "24k Magic" (Atlantic) is up at No. 4 and the Weeknd featuring Daft Punk's "Starboy" (Republic) completes the top 5.