Record first-week sales for Take That

Take That's new album, Progress, has achieved the biggest opening-week sales of any album for 13 years.

The Official Charts Company said the newly reformed quintet sold more albums – almost 520,000 – than the rest of the album charts' top 10 put together. A spokesman said the last album to exceed sales of 500,000 copies was Oasis's Be Here Now, which sold 663,000 in its first chart week in 1997.

Martin Talbot, the managing director of the Official Charts Company, said: "Since their reunion as a four-piece four years ago, Take That have firmly established themselves as the UK's favourite band. Following the return of Robbie Williams to their ranks, that record has been further cemented."

It is the band's first album since reuniting with Robbie Williams and the first to feature the full line-up – which also includes Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Jason Orange – since 1995's Somebody Else.

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