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Sunday, November 30, 2014

UK Chart Roundup: Take That's "These Days" Becomes The DILF Troupe's 12th #1 Single

They may be down to only three members, but DILF gods Take That have secured their 12th chart-topping single in the UK with "These Days." The band's string of #1s began back in summer 1993 with the release of "Pray." Back then the That were comprised of the classic lineup: Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Jason Orange.

Six more #1s followed between 1993 and 1995, and after Williams' departure (in '95), Take That managed to hit the top one last time in 1996, with a cover of the Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love," before splitting.

Cut to 10 years later, when the group returned in November 2006 as a four-piece (sans Williams) with comeback single "Patience." (I can't believe that was eight years ago.) The song became Take That's ninth UK #1, and was followed in the chart-topping department by "Shine" in 2007 and "Greatest Day" in 2008.

"These Days" performance On 'The Graham Norton Show'

TT have the distinction of hitting #1 as a quintet, a quartet and, now, a trio. It's all very surprising, as I thought for sure the guys were bound for flopdom this time around. Oh, well — long live Howard's pecs!

The band's new album III goes on sale tomorrow.

The UK Top 10:

1. "These Days" - Take That *new* *1 week*
2. "Do They Know It's Christmas" - Band Aid 30
3. "Wrapped Up" - Olly Murs feat. Travie McCoy
4. "Thinking Out Loud" - Ed Sheeran
5. "Real Love" - Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne
6. "Steal My Girl" - One Direction
7. "Jealous" - Labrinth *new*
8. "Blank Space" - Taylor Swift
9. "Dangerous" - David Guetta feat. Sam Martin
10. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor

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