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U.K. CHARTS: A SURRPISE VICTORY

For the second year in a row, YouTube blogger LadBaby has swept in last minute and claimed the U.K.’s Official Singles Christmas #1 with his charity novelty track, “I Love Sausage Rolls.” Over on albums, Rod Stewart racked up 71k combined chart sales with You’re In My Heart (Rhino) to remain on top.


“I Love Sausage Rolls” (a very British twist on Joan Jett’s classic “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”) shifted 93k combined chart sales this week. With 85k of those coming from downloads alone, the track is the fastest-selling digital download since June 2017’s Artists For Grenfell chart-topping charity single. Money raised will go to food back charity The Trussell Trust

LadBaby, who is Mark Hoyle along with his wife Roxanne and their two sons, is the first ever act to deliver two novelty Christmas #1s back to back. He beat Stormzy’s “Own It” f/Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy (Atlantic/#Merky), which holds at #2.


A festive sales surge for Wham!’s “Last Christmas” (Sony) sees the 35-year-old classic finish at #5. The track is the best seller of the week on vinyl, topping this Official Vinyl Singles Chart with just under 5k sales after being given a limited edition 7” release.

On this week’s U.K. Official Albums Chart, Rod Stewart fought off strong competition from Stormzy and Harry Styles to claim the Christmas #1 on 71k combined chart sales, including 68k physical. Stormzy lands at #2 with his second album (and first on Atlantic), Heavy is the Head, which was the most streamed set this week. 

Celebrating the win for Warner, Derek Allen, SVP of Commercial at Warner Music, said: “We’re delighted that Rod has once again topped the charts and given Warner Music a Christmas number one album for a second consecutive year. Rod, working alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, has delivered a stunning record that’s breathed new life into his timeless classics.  

"It’s great to see Rod’s popularity is as strong as ever as he’s fought off stiff competition for two weeks to claim back-to-back number ones. In addition, we had a great first week with Stormzy’s incredible second album — Heavy Is The Head is a masterpiece that will go down as one of the great British records – and he’s also celebrating three tracks in the Top 10 singles chart too.”

Finally, Harry Styles is new at #3 with Fine Line (Columbia), which was the biggest seller on vinyl with 9.5k copies. 

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