Archive for January, 2012

Adele’s ’21’ returns to albums No.1 for 19th week

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Adele’s 21 has scored an incredible 19th week at the top of the UK album chart to become the longest-reigning LP from a solo artist in history.

The London-born singer’s sophomore record – which was recently named as the UK’s biggest-selling album of the 21st century with over 3.8m copies to date – returned for a third stint in pole position in its 50th week of release.

21 has now become the longest-running number one album for almost 42 years and achieved the sixth-greatest reign in history, finishing behind releases from music legends The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel.

Adele is trailed by fellow chart veteran Doo Wops & Hooligans by Bruno Mars, a non-mover at two, and last week’s number one + by Ed Sheeran at three.

New mother BeyoncĂ© celebrates by seeing her 4 album leap from 12 to six in its 28th week of release, while Olly Murs drops three to seven with In Case You Didn’t Know and Jessie J’s Who You Are scrambles two to eight.

Rihanna falls three to round out the Top 10 with Talk That Talk, as Westlife’s Greatest Hits album and Will Young’s Echoes move in the opposite direction, climbing two and four respectively to 11 and 12.

The Top 10 in full:
1. (6) Adele: ’21’
2. (2) Bruno Mars: ‘Doo Wops & Hooligans’
3. (1) Ed Sheeran: ‘+’
4. (3) Coldplay: ‘Mylo Xyloto’
5. (5) Amy Winehouse: ‘Lioness: Hidden Treasures’
6. (12) Beyonce: ‘4’
7. (4) Olly Murs: ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’
8. (10) Jessie J: ‘Who You Are’
9. (9) Rebecca Ferguson: ‘Heaven’
10. (7) Rihanna: ‘Talk That Talk’


‘Football Manager 2012’ tops ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ in PC chart

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
Football Manager 2012

Football Manager 2012 has ended 2011 by topping the PC chart.

Last week’s number one Star Wars: The Old Republic moves down to second place, while The Sims 3 climbs to third.

Elsewhere, Modern Warfare 3 jumps two places to fourth and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim drops to seventh position.

The top ten in full:
1. (2) Football Manager 2012 (Sega)
2. (1) Star Wars: The Old Republic (Electronic Arts)
3. (5) The Sims 3 (Electronic Arts)
4. (6) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision)
5. (4) The Sims 3: Pets (Electronic Arts)
6. (7) Battlefield 3 (Electronic Arts)
7. (3) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks)
8. (8) The Sims 3: Generations (Electronic Arts)
9. (9) The Sims 3: Late Night (Electronic Arts)
10. (10) World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (Blizzard)

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C) 2012 UKIE Ltd.

Ed Sheeran recaptures UK album chart No.1 with ‘+’

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Ed Sheeran has returned to the top of the UK album chart with his debut record +.

The ‘A-Team’ singer’s LP boosted back to pole position from last Sunday’s nine, having first landed at number one upon its release 15 weeks ago.

Sheeran wrote on Twitter after the announcement: “My album ‘+’ is number one in the UK album charts again. I couldnt ask for a better start to a new year, thank you all so much…this wouldn’t have happened without you lot, give yaselfs a pat on the back *pat pat pat*.”

The runner-up spot is also claimed by an advancing old favourite, Doo-Wops & Hooligans by Bruno Mars, which is up from its previous finish of 11 in its 51st week on the chart.

Elsewhere, Lioness: Hidden Treasures by the late Amy Winehouse slips from second place to five, while Rihanna’s Talk That Talk and Rebecca Ferguson’s Heaven fall two apiece to seven and nine, with One Direction’s Up All Night rising the same number to sit between them at eight.

The Top 10 in full:
1. (9) Ed Sheeran: ‘+’
2. (11) Bruno Mars: ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’
3. (4) Coldplay: ‘Mylo Xyloto’
4. (3) Olly Murs: ‘In Case You Didn’t Know’
5. (2) Amy Winehouse: ‘Lioness: Hidden Treasures’
6. (6) Adele: ’21’
7. (5) Rihanna: ‘Talk That Talk’
8. (10) One Direction: ‘Up All Night’
9. (7) Rebecca Ferguson: ‘Heaven’
10. (14) Jessie J: ‘Who You Are’