Robbie Williams has thanked his fans after they helped his latest album, Swings Both Ways, to make history when it was named the UK’s 1,000th album ever last night.
The 39-year-old singer posted the above image on his Twitter page, after he beat the new record by Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 to the top spot by 67,000 copies.
He said, “It’s a nice bit of synchronicity, and nice that it hasn’t gone unnoticed, but I don’t know what it means, really. The story for me is that I’m number one, it’s sold a load: ace. The fact it’s the 1,000th number one is a nice thing but it’ll be forgotten by everyone on Tuesday.”
Williams has sold 18.6 million albums in the UK across his solo career, and 55 million globally.
Swings Both Ways is his second swing album after Swing When Your Winning in 2001.
In third place in this week’s album chart was Jake Bugg’s Shangri La, a new entry, while Celine Dion’s Loved Me Back To Life slipped from third to fourth.
Meanwhile, in the singles chart Lily Allen surged ahead of midweek leaders Bastille and Gary Barlow to take the top spot in the closest chart battle of the year. Her cover of Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know, as featured in the John Lewis’s Christmas television advertisement, finished ahead of Bastille’s Of The Night by 660 copies. It is her third UK number 1 single and comes after taking a singing career hiatus to open her own vintage clothing shop and to become a mother.