Lewis Capaldi shoots to top of singles chart while Robbie Williams breaks record set by Elvis Presley

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Lewis Capaldi has stormed to the top of the UK singles chart – the West Lothian singer equalling Adele in accomplishing a hat-trick of number ones.

The 25-year-old from Whitburn claimed his his third UK number one with comeback single Forget Me – after Someone You Loved (2019) and Before You Go (2020).

Capaldi said: “I can’t thank everyone enough for doing this with me and getting it to this point, even though I did most of the work myself!

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“This one goes out to all of you, the people who love me, and especially to my enemies.

Lewis Capaldi scoops third UK number one single. Image: Official ChartsLewis Capaldi scoops third UK number one single. Image: Official Charts
Lewis Capaldi scoops third UK number one single. Image: Official Charts

“May you all perish in flames and know nothing but eternal suffering.”

Meanwhile, Robbie Williams has overtaken Elvis Presley to become the solo artist with the most UK number one albums.

The former Take That singer, 48, secured his 14th chart-topping record with XXV.

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The compilation, which marks the 25th anniversary of his solo career, contains a selection of his greatest hits – including Angel, Let Me Entertain You and Millennium – reworked with an orchestra.

After overtaking US rock and roll star Presley, who has scored 13 UK number one albums, Williams sits behind only the Beatles, who have managed 15.

Williams said: “Thank you to everyone who’s supported the album: everyone who’s bought it, streamed it, downloaded it and reviewed it.

“I’m so pleased that it’s gone to number one, and whilst it feels strange to be receiving an award during these sombre times, I wanted to thank you all for your support and dedicate this to the fans, who I never take for granted.

“I really appreciate it, thank you so much.”

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During his time in Take That, Williams secured a further four number one albums.

The overall record holder for an individual with the most UK number ones remains Sir Paul McCartney with a total of 23 across his career in The Beatles, Wings and solo.

Ozzy Osbourne enjoys a solo career best with Patient Number 9 at number two, while Harry Styles is at number three with Harry’s House, and Manic Street Preachers claim number four with a reissue of their 2001 record Know Your Enemy.

Earlier this week, Capaldi shared a series of celebrity encounters – including house hunting with Ed Sheeran, a car parking row with former Hibs manager Neil Lennon.

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In an exclusive interview with Forth 1, the singer told DJ Garry Spence that fellow chart star Sheeran is costing him thousands of pounds.

He recalled considering Sheeran’s property knowledge to be sound, gladly taking his advice and purchasing a property.

“I moved in, and it was an absolute tip, I hated it,” Capaldi said, laughing. “So now, I live in a flat in the West End and I’m renovating that house, and it’s honestly the biggest stress of my life.”

Living in the West End of Glaagow has similarly not been without its trials, however, as Capaldi recounted parking in former Hibs and Celtic manager Neil Lennon’s space several times and apologising on air.

Laughing, Celtic fan Capaldi explained: “I parked in his space a couple of times, and I got notes on my car door. So, if you’re listening Neil, I apologise – just ask me to move it and I’ll move it!”

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