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Biffy Clyro score first ever Official UK Number One album

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Biffy Clyro have scored their first ever Official UK Album Chart Number One with ‘Opposites’. The Scottish rockers sixth studio album sold an impressive 75,000 copies in its first week, eclipsing the 43,000 previous album ‘Only Revolutions‘ sold, to debut in at the top, according to the Official Charts Company.

The double album is the highest selling new entry of 2013 so far and has knocked ‘Les Miserables: The Motion Picture Cast Recording’ down to Number Two in the Official UK Album Chart.

Meanwhile, thirty five years after its original release, Fleetwood Mac‘s ‘Rumours‘ is back in the charts. The seminal album, which has been reissued, enters the chart at Number 3. Emeli Sande‘s ‘Our Version Of Events’ is at Number Four and Justin Bieber‘s ‘Believe’ is at Number Five.

For more on Biffy Clyro and the story behind ‘Opposites’, pick up a copy of this week’s NME digitally or at newsstands now or read here: http://bit.ly/UjeXhg

The Top 10 biggest selling Christmas songs of all time!

By Dan Lane

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To celebrate Christmas 2012, today the Official Charts Company reveal the Top 10 biggest selling Christmas songs of all time.

With more records sold in the run up to Christmas than a typical chart week, the Christmas Number 1 is THE chart topper every artist wants to achieve. And it has been this way since the Official Singles Chart began 60 years ago.

To have a Christmas Number 1 on your musical CV means you really are the best of the best; capturing the heats and minds of the nation… That, or you’ve managed to dazzle the British public with your, um, uniqueness (yes, we’re talking about you Mr Blobby).

However, not all of the biggest selling Christmas singles have been to Number 1 (two in the Top 10 peaked at Number 2, and one peaked at Number 5), and not all of the biggest selling Christmas singles have necessarily been, well, Christmassy.

To celebrate Christmas 2012 and 60 years of the Official Singles Chart, the Official Charts Company reveal the biggest selling Christmas songs of all time. These tracks may or may not have religious overtones, but have nevertheless captured the essence of what this special time of year is about.

At Number 1 on the countdown is Band Aid‘s Do They Know It’s Christmas? – the landmark charity single helmed byBob Geldof and Midge Ure to help raise funds and awareness for the 1984 Ethiopian famine. Featuring an all-star cast including members of The WhoU2 and Genesis to name but a few, Do They Know It’s Christmas? has sold a staggering 3.7 million copies to date and is the second biggest selling single of all time. The 20th anniversary version of the track is at Number 6 in the countdown with sales of 1.17 million copies.

Mary’s Boy Child also appears twice in the Top 10, making its first appearance at Number 2 with Boney M‘s 1978 rendition (which has sales of 1.85 million copies), while Harry Belafonte‘s 1957 original is at Number 5 (with sales of 1.18 million).

Wham!‘s Last Christmas, which we can officially confirm is the biggest selling Christmas song to have never reached Number 1, is at Number 3 in the chart with sales of 1.68 million. The Top 5 is completed by Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody at Number 4, which has sales of 1.21 million copies to date.

The full Top 10 is as follows:

SINGLE TITLE ARTIST YEAR PEAK POSITION
1 DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? BAND AID 1984 1
2 MARY’S BOY CHILD BONEY M 1978 1
3 LAST CHRISTMAS WHAM! 1984 2
4 MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY SLADE 1973 1
5 MARY’S BOY CHILD HARRY BELAFONTE 1957 1
6 DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? BAND AID 20 2004 1
7 WHITE CHRISTMAS BING CROSBY 1942 5
8 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK THE POGUES FT KIRSTY MACCOLL 1987 2
9 THE MILLENNIUM PRAYER CLIFF RICHARD 1999 1
10 WHEN A CHILD IS BORN JOHNNY MATHIS 1976 1

© 2012 The Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox becomes fastest selling solo album of 2012

Bruno Mars takes home the title of fastest selling solo album of the year with new release Unorthodox Jukebox

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Bruno Mars brings home the fastest selling solo album of 2012 as second album Unorthodox Jukebox debuts at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart with huge sales of 136,000.

Unorthodox Jukebox, which features the Mark Ronson-produced single Locked Out Of Heaven, is the follow-up to 2010’s chart-topping Doo-Wops & Hooligans, the third biggest selling album of last year.

Mars leads an all-male Top 3 this week, Olly Murs’s Right Place Right Time jumps two places since midweek to the Number 2 spot, while Michael Buble’s Christmas album rests at 3. The seasonal shopping effect is evident this week as, joined by Emeli Sande’s Our Version Of Events (4), all four of today’s Top 4 albums break the 100,000 sales barrier, amassing welcome festive sales of nearly half a million copies between them this week alone.

Rod Stewart’s Merry Christmas, Baby completes the albums Top 5.

New entries

In addition to Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox (1), there is one other new entry on today’s Official Albums ChartTop 40.

Tre, the third instalment of Green Day’s new trilogy of albums is new in at Number 31. The previous two albums in the series, Uno and Dos, peaked earlier this autumn at Number 2 and 10, respectively.

The Official Albums Chart Top 10 is as follows. Click here to see the Top 100 in full after 7PM.

1 UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX BRUNO MARS
2 RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME OLLY MURS
3 CHRISTMAS MICHAEL BUBLE
4 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE
5 MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY ROD STEWART
6 TAKE ME HOME ONE DIRECTION
7 UNAPOLOGETIC RIHANNA
8 THE VERY BEST OF NEIL DIAMOND
9 TAKE THE CROWN ROBBIE WILLIAMS
10 THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE PINK

© 2012 The Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

(By Lauren Kreisler for www.officialcharts.com. photos taken from popdust.com)

 

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