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U.K. CHARTS: WEIRD! HITS #1
12/11/20

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

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

Arctic MonkeysLive 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 MendesWonder (EMI) enters at #12.

Today is the first time that “All I Want for Christmas is You” has reached #1 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart, which has done so 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. The song 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, which includes a further 22 Christmas songs, six of which feature 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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