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Sunday, November 04, 2012

UK Chart Roundup: Over-The-Hill Robbie Williams & Calvin Harris Are #1

Robbie Williams' "Candy," co-written by fellow Take That member Gary Barlow, has become his first #1 single in the UK since 2004's "Radio." And just think, he and Gary didn't even have to pretend to mouth-joust like they did in the video for their 2010 duet "Shame"! Interestingly, Radio 1 apparently refused to add "Candy" to its playlist because Robbie, 38, was deemed to be "too old."

Meanwhile, the much more age-appropriate Calvin Harris (28) sees his third LP 18 Months go in at #1 on the UK album chart. Ironically, The Kylie Minogue, who gave Calvin his big break in 2007 by enlisting his production skills for X, has to settle for a #2 debut with The Abbey Road Sessions — a chart position that matches that of her last studio album, 2010's Aphrodite.

The Abbey Road Sessions is out in the US this coming Tuesday (November 6).

The UK Top 10:

1. "Candy" - Robbie Williams *new* *1 week*
2. "Beneath Your Beautiful" - Labrinth feat. Emeli Sande
3. "Can You Hear Me (Ayayaya)" - Wiley feat. Skepta, JME & Ms D *new*
4. "Don't You Worry Child" - Swedish House Mafia
5. "Skyfall" - Adele 
6. "Sweet Nothing" - Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch
7. "Gangnam Style" - PSY 
8. "Diamonds" - Rihanna
9. "One More Night" - Maroon 5
10. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" - Taylor Swift

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  • At 3:29 PM, Anonymous Pranav said…

    "Candy" is one of those novelty tracks for me. Not bad - but not earthshattering. I am happy to see Robbie Williams succeed with it despite being given the finger by Radio 1 in the UK. I hope more acts can top the UK charts without requiring support from Radio 1. Nice way for Robbie Williams to show Radio 1 "the finger"!

  • At 5:50 PM, Blogger Brian Ackley said…

    Aphrodite actually made Uk #1 in July 2010.

  • At 1:39 PM, Blogger Alain said…

    Hey man, huuuuge mistake coming from you (U can edit and correct it), I'm surprised!!! Kylie Minogue went to number 1 in 2010 with Aphrodite becoming the first act to have a number one album in 4 consecutive decades in the UK...


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