Olly Murs has beaten off competition from Michael Buble to hang on for a second week at the top of the Official UK Album Chart.
The former X Factor contestant, and current host of The Xtra Factor, has secured his second week at the top with his third album ‘Right Place Right Time’ selling a total of 103,000 copies, according to the Official Charts Company.
Murs, who last week knocked Rihanna from the summit of the charts, managed to hold off Michael Buble’s ‘Christmas’ album, which climbed two places to Number Two with a 60% increase in sales.
One Direction’s ‘Take Me Home’ is down one place to Number Three, Rod Stewart is up one to Number Four with ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ and Neil Diamond completes this week’s Top Five with his greatest hits album ‘The Very Best Of…’.
Meanwhile, X Factor judge, and former member of N-Dubz, Tulisa had a week to forget as her much-publicised debut solo album, ‘The Female Boss’, failed to make it into the Top 20, as it finished the week at Number 35.
In the UK Single Chart, it was a good week for insipid cover songs as Gabrielle Aplin’s version of Frankie Goes To Hollywood‘s ‘The Power Of Love’, which is being used soundtrack this year’s Christmas advertisement from John Lewis, is at Number One.
Bruno Mars’ ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ remains at Number Two, Olly Murs has dropped two spots to Number Three with ‘Troublemaker’, Labrinth’s collaboration with Emeli Sande, ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’, is at Number Four and Rihanna‘s ‘Diamonds’ is at Number Five.
This week’s highest climbers come courtesy of old Christmas favourites. The Pogue’s ‘Fairytale Of New York’ is at Number 15, Slade‘s ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ is at Number 35 and Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ is at Number 37.