Belfast Telegraph

Take That dominate album chart

Take That's new album Progress has achieved the biggest opening week sales of any album for 13 years with almost 520,000 sales.

The Official Charts Company said the newly reformed quintet sold more albums than the rest of the album charts top 10 put together.

A spokesman said the last album to exceed sales of 500,000 copies was Oasis's Be Here Now, which sold 663,000 in its first chart week in 1997.

OCC managing director Martin Talbot said: "Since their reunion as a four-piece four years ago, Take That have firmly established themselves as the UK's favourite band.

"Following the return of Robbie Williams to their ranks, that record has been further cemented - and they are now well on course to rule Christmas 2010."

Progress, the band's sixth studio album, is the first to feature the full line up of Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Howard Donald, Jason Orange and Robbie since 1995's Somebody Else.

The 10-song album was produced by Stuart Price and is a mix of pop, rock and ballads.

Earlier this month, the band sold 1.34 million tickets for their upcoming tour. The first million sold in just eight hours.

Progress was one of five new albums to enter the top ten this week. Rihanna's Loud came in second spot, Andre Rieu's Moonlight Serenade entered the charts in fourth position, Greatest Hit's So Far by Pink was fifth and Bruce Springsteen's The Promise was seventh.

It was a successful week for boy bands all round as JLS's new song Love You More, the official Children In Need track, was named number one in the singles chart. Take That remained in second spot with The Flood while Westlife's song Safe entered the charts at number 10.


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