WE are coming up to the season of glad tidings – but the gloves are off between Robbie Williams and Coldplay.
The music icons are set for the biggest chart battle of the year on Friday when they each release new albums — Coldplay with Everyday Life and Robbie with his festive collection The Christmas Present.
And they are both doing everything in their power to make sure they succeed.
Robbie has already spent a month promoting the album in interviews and has dedicated several hours to doing live broad-casts on Instagram.
He guaranteed fans they will receive a signed copy if they order the CD from his website.
On Saturday night alone, he spent two and a half hours talking to fans about the album.
But Chris Martin’s band have encouraged a wave of preorders of their record too, by announcing they will perform at London’s Natural History Museum on Monday, which fans can only get tickets for if they have already ordered a copy.
It’s all part of a drive to get sales of physical copies, which are worth more in the charts than downloads or streams.
A charts source said: “Coldplay and Robbie are both massive forces when it comes to selling albums so the numbers they will shift next week will be huge.
“They have strong track records and very dedicated fanbases who will fight for their act to get to No1.
“At the moment Coldplay are looking likely to pip him to the post, but with a week and a half to go it’s anyone’s game, especially given all of the publicity Robbie has done.”
Rod Stewart, Beck and Labrinth will also be hoping to get a piece of the action on Friday by releasing albums.
Robbie has gone to No1 with his last four albums, while all seven of Coldplay’s studio albums have topped the charts.
Whatever happens, they’ll both have a hefty amount of royalties by the time Christmas Day rolls around.
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Becks’ Christmas puzzle
WHAT do you buy a millionaire who has everything? Well, erm, a personalised jigsaw puzzle, apparently.
I hear Victoria Beckham is set on getting David a bespoke puzzle for Christmas, featuring a photo of one of his cars or pets.
The couple often have to think outside the box for gifts as they have everything money can buy.
A source said: “Posh loves the idea of getting David a puzzle for Christmas. He is obsessed with building things. He
recently stayed up to 3am to built a Lego castle. Posh loves that he gets so into these activities, and it keeps him at home too.”
Whatever keeps the piece . . .
Kim’s got party bug
WHILE we stayed in to watch her ex-step parent Caitlyn Jenner on I’m A Celeb, Kim Kardashian was out partying in Los Angeles.
She was at the American Influencer Awards in Hollywood on Monday as Caitlyn, who was married to Kim’s mum Kris Jenner for 24 years, was covered in critters for a Bushtucker Trial.
But Kim will soon be getting more in touch with the wilderness herself, after her husband Kanye West forked out £11.2million for a second ranch in the rural US state of Wyoming.
If the pricey purchase has left him short of cash, perhaps Caitlyn could loan the rapper her £500,000 jungle fee.
Stormzy Glasto tears
GLASTONBURY loved Stormzy’s set – but the grime MC thought it had gone so badly that he cried when he got off the Pyramid Stage.
The Vossi Bop rapper, who wore a Union Flag stab vest for the show, right, told Q Magazine: “My in-ears blew after about 20 minutes.
“So I had no sound for the whole thing. It was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. When I walked off stage I thought I’d f***ed it.
“I thought it was the worst thing I’d ever done. I came off stage and thought I’d totally, absolutely blown it. I was crying for, like, an hour. I was in hysterics. Heartbroken, man.”
Stormzy, who last night announced his next album, Heavy Is The Head, will be released on December 13, added: “After calming down for an hour, (organiser) Emily Eavins, gave us a memory stick to watch it back.
“About halfway through I was, like, ‘S***, it all went all right’.”
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