Robbie Williams Hits Number 1, Becomes Biggest British Solo Act in U.K. Chart History

by VVN Music

Robbie Williams has taken his latest album, The Heavy Entertainment Show, to number 1 on the U.K. charts making him the most successful British solo act in history.

This is Williams' twelfth number 1 album, including ten of his eleven studio albums and two hits collections, and that doesn't even count the five number 1 sets from Take That on which he appeared.

This album has moved him past David Bowie as the British solo act with the most chart toppers. He is now tied with Madonna for third place overall with Elvis Presley scoring one more (13) as of two weeks ago with The Wonder of You. The Beatles lead with fifteen.

Williams told the Official Charts Company "I’m chuffed that this album is Number 1 and I’m humbled by these amazing statistics and facts. Thank you to the wonderful, wonderful team at Sony. I’m as proud of this album as much as any other, and hope that the fans enjoy it as much as I loved making it... this is for the friendlies. I’m very excited to be taking The Heavy Entertainment show on tour next year."

The Heavy Entertainment Show is also at the top of the Sales and Physical Albums charts.

Robbie is the first of six veteran artists in this week's British top ten. At number 2 is the new album by Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, Togehter. Ball hasn't been this high on the Albums chart since his 1992 debut went to number 1. This is Boe's highest charting album.

Elvis Presley drops 2 to 3 in his third week with The Wonder of You followed by Michael Buble and the debut of Bon Jovi's latest, This House is Not For Sale.  The number 5 opening breaks a 28 year streak of top three studio albums for the group that started in 1988 with New Jersey and ended with 2015's Burning Bridges:
  • New Jersey (1988 / #1)
  • Keep the Faith (1992 / #1)
  • These Days (1995 / #1)
  • Crush (2000 / #1)
  • Bounce (2002 / #2)
  • Have a Nice Day (2005 / #2)
  • Lost Highway (2007 / #2)
  • The Circle (2009 / #2)
  • What About Now (2013 / #2)
  • Burning Bridges (2015 / #3)
  • This House is Not For Sale (2016 / #5)
Rounding out the veteran artists in the top ten are Phil Collins with The Singles, falling 7 to 9, and Roy Orbison's The Ultimate Collection which goes 11 to 10. 

Queen opens at 25 with On-Air, their collection of BBC appearances while Nashville based band Lambchop get only their second charting album in the U.K. out of their twelve releases with Babes Never Die. Their Up With People went to number 66 back in 2000. Lambchop also is at number 1 on the Record Store chart. 

Folksinger Shirley Collins gets the first charting album in her 57 year recording career as Lodestar premiers at 88.

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is at number 1 on the Vinyl Albums chart and Massive Attack and Hope Sandoval top the Vinyl Singles with The Spoils.

Van Morrison remains at the top of the Americana Albums and The Complete Trio Collection by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris is at number 1 on the Country Compilations.

On the Singles chart, Clean Bandit moves 3 to 1 with Rockabye followed by Shout Out to My Ex by Little Mix, Say You Won't Let Her Go by James Arthur, Starboy by The Weeknd and Daft Punk and 24K Magic by Bruno Mars. 

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