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Lily Allen retains number one spot in UK singles chart

Written by on 16th December 2013

Lily Allen has held on to the number one spot in the UK singles chart for a second week with her cover version of Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know.

The song, used in a festive television advert for department store John Lewis, is tipped to be Christmas number one.

In the album chart, Swings Both Ways by Robbie Williams knocked One Direction’s Midnight Memories from the top.

Beyoncé’s self-titled digital album release – issued without any prior notice on Friday – was at number five.

The US singer’s fifth album, featuring 14 new songs and 17 music videos, qualified for its chart placing on the back of 48 hours of sales during which it shifted 68,000 copies.

Allen’s single, originally released by Keane in 2004, is her third number one.

It saw off a challenge from Hey Brother by Swedish DJ Avicii, which went from eighth to number two, and Leona Lewis’s Christmas song One More Sleep, which rose to number three from 34.

Williams’ album has sold more than 400,000 copies.

It reached number one in the first week of its release a month ago, only to be knocked off the top slot a week later.

One Direction’s third studio full-length album had become one of the the fastest-selling album of 2013 so far, shifting 237,000 copies during its first week on sale.

It spent two weeks at number one.

(Source: BBC News)