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Friday, 23 November, 2001, 09:25 GMT
Robbie set to top both charts
Robbie Williams
Swing When You're Winning: Nostalgia from a 27-year-old
Robbie Williams' album of classic crooners has sold more than 150,000 copies in its first four days - and may turn out to be the year's biggest seller.

The album Swing When Your Winning is already set to have the highest first week sales of the year.

Record retailer HMV has said that the album could be Christmas number one - and Williams is also tipped to hit number one in the singles charts for his duet with Nicole Kidman, Somethin' Stupid.

Frank Sinatra
Williams is a big Frank Sinatra fan
The sales come despite widespread criticism of Williams for bad language in a televised concert special on Saturday.

The BBC was forced to apologise after receiving more than 500 complaints about the show One Night With Robbie Williams, which had 7.3 million viewers.

Publicity

Besides a programme of classic songs from the 1940s and 50s, the TV show featured extensive banter from the singer between songs and a scripted dialogue with actor Rupert Everett.

But the publicity seems to have done Williams' album sales no harm.

Robbie Williams
Robbie may have made the year's biggest-selling album
"Robbie's appeal is just getting stronger all the time," said chart expert Gennaro Castaldo of HMV.

"Not only is he on course to have the double Christmas number one single and album, but Swing When You're Winning looks like being the biggest selling album of the year," he said.

Mr Castaldo predicted that the album could sell 1.25 million copies - which would make the CD the year's biggest seller.

Hear'Say, the band formed on the ITV show Popstars, have the highest album sales of the year so far with 750,000 sales.

They are followed by reggae star Shaggy, who has sold 723,000 copies of his album Hotshot, and Scottish band Travis, with 690,000 sales of The Invisible Band.

See also:

19 Nov 01 | TV and Radio
Complaints over Robbie's TV show
16 Nov 01 | Reviews
Robbie ain't got that swing
27 Feb 01 | Entertainment
Robbie's decade of reinvention
22 Nov 01 | Music
Race on for Xmas number one
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