Rag’n’Bone Man scores the fastest-selling male debut album of the decade with Human

The soul singer lands a bigger opening week than debuts from Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith. Congratulations to Rag’n’Bone Man, who celebrates a massive opening week with his debut album Human as it lands straight in at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart. According to Official Charts Company data, the collection shifted a massive 117,000 copies across physical (which made up 67% of his total sales), download and streaming, earning him the fastest-selling debut album by a male act of the decade. The figure also means Human outsells the…

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Could the Costa Blanca be white with snow?

Spare a thought for us poor souls living and working on the Costa Blanca!   – Its not all Sun Sea and Sangria ! After a couple of days of temperatures close to 20°C, from Saturday they will drop noticeably and cold air will come to the fore. The entry of a mass of cold air from the north will bring proper winter temperatures. The cold air will arrive with sunshine but wind so it will feel colder than the thermometers show. The maximum temperatures will bounce back up a…

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George Michael dies of suspected heart failure

George Michael has died aged 53, his publicist has said. The star, who launched his career in the 1980s as part of Wham before continuing his success as a solo performer, is said to have “passed away peacefully at home”. Thames Valley Police, who said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire at 13:42 GMT today (December 25), say there were no suspicious circumstances. In a statement, the star’s publicist said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed…

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Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt dies in hospital in Spain at 68

Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt has died in hospital in Spain after suffering a severe infection, his manager has said. The 68-year-old guitarist had been taken to hospital in Marbella on Thursday, “following complications to a shoulder injury”. The Surrey-born musician had recently pulled out of a Status Quo tour after suffering a heart attack in the summer. At the time his manager, Simon Porter, said Parfitt had “died” for several minutes, and the episode had affected him mentally. There had been health concerns for years. In 1997, Parfitt underwent quadruple…

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Michael Ball and Alfie Boe secure Britain’s most popular album this Christmas

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe secure Britain’s most popular album this Christmas Plus Little Mix, Elvis Presley and The Rolling Stones will be part of many families’ Christmases thanks to huge sales. Michael Ball and Alfie Boe have gone one better than last week’s Number 1 – they’re officially the holders of the UK’s Christmas Number 1 album. Ball & Boe’s Together accumulated a further 110,000 combined chart sales, 98% of which was made up by physical sales – that’s a lot of Christmas presents. Alfie’s first ever Number 1…

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London Hospices Choir, Rag‘n’Bone Man and Inspiral Carpets lead Christmas Number 1 race after 24 hours

London Hospices Choir, Rag‘n’Bone Man and Inspiral Carpets lead Christmas Number 1 race after 24 hours The London Choir are currently leading what is shaping up to be a very close race for this year’s Christmas Number 1. London Hospices Choir, Rag N Bone Man and Inspiral Carpets have emerged as the surprise front-runners in the Official Christmas Number 1 race 2016 after 24 hours, OfficialCharts.com can confirm. Official Charts Company sales reports based on preorders and early sales data up to midnight last night (but with the vast majority of streams yet to be tallied), indicate that the London…

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