Singer Robbie Williams said he is “chuffed” after his latest album reached number one, making him the most successful British solo act in official chart history.
The Heavy Entertainment Show is the artist’s 12th album to reach the top spot, it was announced today, pushing him past David Bowie and tying him with Madonna.
Elvis Presley is the only solo act to have achieved more number one albums after a collection of his hits remastered with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra became his 13th two weeks ago.
In just one week since its release, Williams’ album has also become the fourth highest-selling of the year.
It has overtaken Bowie’s Blackstar, Drake’s Views and Beyonce’s Lemonade among 2016’s bestsellers.
He told OfficialCharts.com: “I’m chuffed that this album is number one and I’m humbled by these amazing statistics and facts. Thank you to the wonderful, wonderful team at Sony.
“I’m as proud of this album as much as any other and hope that the fans enjoy it as much as I loved making it ... this is for the friendlies.”
The album was followed by Michael Ball and Alfie Boe’s new duo release Together at number two and the Presley album The Wonder Of You coming in third.
In terms of singles, Clean Bandit has climbed its way to the top spot with latest track Rockabye, featuring Anne Marie and rapper Sean Paul.