Although perhaps less well-known than its singles counterpart, the Christmas Number 1 album has been a staple of the UK charts since 1956. 30 is said to be Adele’s second LP to top the Christmas charts, having already won the accolade in 2015 with his third album 25.
With her fifth consecutive week at No. 1, 30 would also equal Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour as the year’s longest-running No. 1 album. Olivia’s debut record had five non-consecutive weeks atop the official album chart.
Elsewhere this week, Michael Buble’s Christmas climbs one spot at No.4, his highest peak of the year so far, and Andre Rieu and Happy Together of his Johann Strauss orchestra are currently planning a new high of No.5.
Rod Stewart’s Tears Of Hercules are looking to climb three spots at No.7, while Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’s Raise The Roof could re-enter the Top 10 on Friday, currently 11 at No.8 after the record’s vinyl release. Little Mix could also return to the Top 10 with the biggest hits between us expected to reach number 10.
Apart from the Top 10, several Christmas albums are starting to reap the rewards of the holiday season. Gary Barlow’s The Dream of Christmas is currently up five at No. 12, while Jamie Cullum’s The Pianoman At Christmas could be this week’s highest riser, on course to climb 17 spots to No. 36, as Michael Ball and Alfie Boe could return to the Top 40 with Ensemble à Noël at number 40.
American musician, actor and filmmaker Bo Burnham is on track to re-enter the Official Albums Chart this week with Inside (The Songs). The album features songs from its 2021 Netflix special, and after its vinyl release it is set to return to number 16 – the collection peaked at number 5 earlier this year and spent seven weeks in the Top 10.
The new highest entry this week could come from US rapper Roddy Ricch, whose second Live Life Fast album could debut at number 26. He will mark his second Top 40 collection in the UK if he holds up.
Finally, two former Number 1s continue to climb this week; Sam Fender’s Seventeen Going Under could climb from four to No.17 after his continued success in the Singles Rankings and triple BRIT nomination this weekend, while Nirvana’s iconic Nevermind could once again reach the Top 20, currently 16 at number 20.