Robbie Williams is celebrating his first solo UK number one hit for eight years with 'Candy' topping the official singles chart.
It is the 14th number one of his career - including with Take That - meaning he has drawn level with his friend and bandmate Gary Barlow, who co-wrote the song.
Some 137,000 copies of 'Candy' were sold this week according to the Official Charts Company, making it the fastest-selling single by a male artist this year.
The track is from his new album 'Take the Crown', which is released today.
Robbie Williams goes to number one
Williams told OfficialCharts.com: "Good work Team Williams and thanks to everyone who got it there. I'm so excited about this album and this is a great start."
Last week's chart topper Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande dropped to number two with 'Beneath Your Beautiful'.
Robbie Williams looks at his 'Take The Crown' album sleeve after the release of his latest album
Meanwhile, in the album charts, Scottish DJ, songwriter and producer Calvin Harris secured his second number one with '18 Months', keeping Kylie Mingoue's 'The Abbey Road Sessions' in second place.
Emeli Sande dropped one spot to number three with 'Our Version of Events', while 'Some Nights' by Fun rose from 33 to four.
Last week's number one, Taylor Swift, fell to number five with her fourth LP 'Red'.
GIGS TO LOOK OUT FOR
It's that time of year when tickets for festive gigs start to be released and first up is Capital FM's Jingle Bell Ball. It's a pop-lover's perfect Christmas present.
Cheryl Cole will perform at the Jingle Bell Ball
Cheryl Cole has just been confirmed for this year's lineup, alongside Bruno Mars, One Direction and Little Mix. The event takes place at London's O2 Arena on December 8 and 9, the same dates as the 'X Factor' final. If you do go along, make sure to take some ear muffs, not just for the cold, but for all of those screaming teenagers.
OPEN YOUR EARS
Noir-pop band MS MR, comprising London-born Lizzy and Seattle native Max, are endorsed by the likes of Jay-Z and Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw and are quickly making waves in the music scene.
They've already released two underground EP's but are now preparing to release their new single ‘Fantasy’, self-described as "a huge rush of cinematic electronic pop", in March 2013.
The song is written and produced by the band and mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele, Amy Winehouse) and will be followed by their debut album in May.
Take a listen to some of their tracks below...
MS MR embark on their second UK tour as part of a European tour this November with the following UK shows:
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