Fifty-seven and a half years ago Frank Sinatra bagged the first UK album chart number 1 with Swinging for Lovers. Robbie Willams has grabbed himself the 1000th album chart topper with his new swing album, Swings Both Ways.
The record beat Eminem’s new album, The Marshall Mathers LP, to the top spot by 67,000 records, but the rapper still got a healthy number 2.
Swing Both Ways is Williams’ second chart topping swing album after Swing When You’re Winning, a direction that he seems keen to carry on pursuing. Throughout his career he has sold 18.6 million albums in the UK and 55 million globally, yet he’s still driven by competing with ex Take That bandmate Gary Barlow, who’s new album comes out next week.