‘ANGEL’ INTERCEPTOR?

'Swing When You're Winning' is catching 'No Angel' - but it's still got a fair bit to go...

While Robbie Williams ‘SWING WHEN YOU’RE WINNING’ remains the fastest selling album of the year in the UK, the star has his work cut out trying to outsell Dido to score the biggest selling album of the year.

Midweek sales of Robbie Williams‘s album are around 540,000, with chart experts expecting it to notch up around 700,000 sales by the end of this, its third week on sale. However, Dido‘s ‘No Angel’ has to date sold 1.6million copies in the UK, far exceeding the 910,000 copies that David Gray‘s ‘White Ladder’ has shifted to sit as the Number Two seller of the year. Eva Cassidy’s posthumous ‘Songbird’ has sold 803,000 to date to sit in third, making it a trio of albums released in 2000 that have dominated in 2001.

Two pop acts come in next with Hear’Say‘s ‘Popstars’ and Shaggy’s ‘Hot Shots’ both selling around 750,000, the bulk of Hear’Say‘s coming in the first week of sale.

Travis build on the huge breakthrough success of ‘The Man Who’ with ‘The Invisible Band’ selling 734,000, ahead of Destiny’s Child, whose ‘Survivor’ has sold 696,969 to date. Anastacia’s ‘Not That Kind’ is the eighth biggest seller of the year, having sold 687,000 copies.

Stereophonics

are next, with 662,000 copies of ‘Just Enough Education To Perform’ sold, edging just in front of newcomers Linkin Park with their first album ‘Hybrid Theory’.