The album battle between two U.K. chart heavyweights has been won by Coldplay, whose Everyday Life (Parlophone/Warner) beats Robbie Williams‘ The Christmas Present (Columbia/Sony) to the top spot. Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch) becomes the longest-running No. 1 single of 2019, starting the ninth week of its reign.
The Coldplay album opens with 81,000 combined units, comfortably ahead of Williams’ 67,000. Only two artist albums have had bigger starts this year: Ed Sheeran‘s No. 6 Collaborations Project, with 125,000, and Lewis Capaldi‘s Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent with 90,000. All eight of Coldplay’s studio albums have been U.K. chart-toppers, going back to their first, Parachutes, in July 2000.
Williams does top one Official Charts Company listing with his first holiday album, with almost 10,000 sales on cassette, the highest total in the format since Now That’s What I Call Music 52 in July 2002.
The all-new top three of A-list releases is completed by a No. 3 start for Rod Stewart’s You’re In My Heart, featuring, predominantly, his classic vocal tracks newly accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It’s Stewart’s 36th U.K. top 10 album.
Capaldi’s album holds at No. 4 in the new data, while Michael Ball & Alfie Boe’s Back Together (Decca/Universal) slips 3-5. There are three more top 10 debuts, with André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra’s Happy Days (Decca/Universal), marking the Dutch violinist and conductor’s recent 70th birthday, new at No. 6.
Leonard Cohen’s posthumous Thanks For The Dance (Columbia/Sony) is in at No. 7 and Bing Crosby’s Bing At Christmas (Decca/Universal), another set of newly-arranged favorites, this time with the London Symphony Orchestra, at No. 9.
The Tones and I single is now also the third longest-running No. 1 by a female artist in U.K. chart history, only behind Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” featuring Jay-Z, and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” both of which logged ten weeks. “Dance Monkey” recorded 9.58 million streams in its latest chart week.
Capaldi closes in on the singles summit as “Before You Go” jumps 19-2, and there’s another new contender in the shape of “Own It” (Merky/Atlantic/Warner) by Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy, new at No. 3. Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” (Warner) dips 2-4 and Billie Eilish’s “Everything I Wanted” (Interscope/ Universal) 3-5. Arizona Zervas’ “Roxanne” (Arizona Zervas/Sony) climbs again 10-7 and “Down Like That” (BMG) by KSI, Rick Ross, Lil Baby and S-X races 32-10.