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U.K. CHARTS: MARIAH FINALLY UNWRAPS #1

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (Columbia) has finally topped the U.K. songs chart, 26 years after its release, while Yungblud has claimed his first #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart.

Yungblud’s Weird! (Polydor) racked up 39,000 in chart sales to claim the top spot this week, with 91% of its total in the form of pure sales. The release is Polydor’s 12th #1 album of 2020—way ahead of any other label’s tally.

Arctic Monkeys’ Live at the Royal Albert Hall (Domino) is also new at #3, while Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones lands at #8 with Don’t Let the Devil Take Another Day (Parlophone). Further down, Shawn Mendes’ Wonder (EMI) enters at #12.

Carey's “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has reached #1 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart in its 70th week in the Top 40. The track breaks a new record in the process—no other song has spent more weeks in the Official Chart Top 40 before reaching #1. "All I Want" tallied 10.8m streams over the last seven days, the most streams in a week by any song in 2020. 

Carey leads a festive Top 40 this week; it includes a further 22 Christmas songs, six of which figure in the Top 10: Wham!’s “Last Christmas” (Epic) at #2, The Pogues f/Kirsty Maccoll’s “Fairytale of New York” (Atlantic) at #4, Shakin’ Stevens’ “Merry Christmas Everyone” (Epic) at #6, Michael Bublé’s “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” (Warner Records) at #7, Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (EMI) at #8 and Elton John’s “Step Into Christmas” (EMI) at #10.

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