One Direction manage to keep their album at the top

by Martin


This past weekend One Direction shot to Number (1) ‘Midnight Memories’ and not only that but they managed to bag themselves the fastest selling album of 2013.

On todays Official Albums Chart midweek update we can confirm that One Direction look set to remain Number (1) for yet another week.

During its first week on sale the Official Charts Company reported that One Direction’s ‘Midnight Memories’ had sold more than 237,000 copies and had beaten previous holders.

Back in May Daft Punk managed to sell 165,000 copies of ‘Random Access Memories’ in its first week which gave them the title of fastest selling album.

If the third studio album from One Direction continues to increase in sales it could also become the biggest selling album of 2013.


Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow have switched places at this midweek stage on the Official Albums Chart. ‘Swing Both Ways’ by Robbie Williams moving to Number (2) and ‘Since I Saw You Last’ by Gary Barlow falling to Number (3).

Il Divo is this weeks highest new entry on the Official Albums Chart with ‘A Musical Affair’ which is at Number (4). Meanwhile ‘Right Place, Right Time’ by Olly Murs rounds off the Top 5 at Number (5).

Looking at new entries on the Official Albums Chart this week we can see that ‘Freedom’ – the second album from former X Factor contestant Rebecca Ferguson is at Number (6).

Rebecca finished behind Matt Cardle in the TV show and her first album ‘Heaven’ was released back in 2011. It managed to reach number 3 on the Official Albums Chart and to date it has managed to sell nearly 650,000 copies.

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Leona Lewis also makes a return this week with her Christmas album ‘Christmas With Love’ which is set to enter the Official Albums Chart this week at Number (17). Entering at Number (19) this week is Britney Spears with ‘Britney Jean’.

‘The Christmas Album’ from Britain’s Got Talent finalists Richard and Adam is new at Number (25) this week while ‘Live At Rome Olympic Stadium’ by Muse is at Number (30) at this midweek stage.

Have a listen to Gary Barlow’s newest single ‘Let Me Go’ and remember to check back with us on Sunday for the latest Official Albums Chart news.