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U.K. CHARTS: ADELE, LADBABY WIN XMAS RACE

Adele has scored the U.K. #1 album on Christmas Eve with 30 (Columbia). Over on singles, LadBaby make Official Chart history.

30 logged 70.8k in sales over the past seven days to hold onto the Official Albums top spot for a fifth consecutive week. Of that total, 62k were physical copies. The album marks Adele’s second Christmas #1, having previously reached the festive top spot in 2015 with 25

In addition, 30 matches the five-week run of Olivia Rodrigo’s SOUR (Polydor) at the top to claim its place as joint longest-running #1 album of the year.

Elsewhere in the Top 10, Michael Bublé’s Christmas (Reprise) is up one to #4, while Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra claim a new peak at #5 with Happy Together (UMG). 

Rod Stewart’s Tears of Hercules (Warner Records) climbs four to #6, Westlife’s Wild Dreams (Warner Music U.K.) rises one to #8, Little Mix’s greatest hits, Between Us (RCA), is up two to #9 and Coldplay’s former chart-topper Music of the Spheres (Parlophone) breaks into the Top 10 once more at #10. 

Roddy Ricch’s Live Life Fast (Atlantic) is the highest new entry, starting at #34.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart, YouTubers LadBaby have scored the Christmas #1 single for a fourth consecutive year, landing an all-time record; “Sausage Rolls for Everyone" (frtyfve), featuring Ed Sheeran and Elton John (to excellent effect), was released to benefit The Trussell Trust. It hit the top on 136k in sales, 85% of which were downloads.

Sheeran and John’s “Merry Christmas” (Atlantic/EMI) has moved down one to #2, joining a legion of yuletide tunes in the Top 5. Wham!’s “Last Christmas” (Epic) sits at #3, followed by Mariah Carey at #4 with “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (Columbia). 

Rounding out the Top 5 is punk band The K**ts' special message for the Prime Minister, “Boris Johnson Is Still a F**cking C**t” (Direct Action), at #5.

And on that joyous note, Merry Christmas, one and all! 

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