Take That album breaks early sales record in UK

LONDON Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:25am EST

LONDON Nov 16 (Reuters Life!) - Take That's new album "Progress" released this week is the fastest-selling of the century in Britain, according to the Official Charts Company.

The record, which also features the voice of Robbie Williams who has rejoined the group he left in 1995, has sold more than 235,000 copies in its first day.

The opening figure accounts for sales up until the end of Monday, and is the highest first-day tally since "Be Here Now" by the British band Oasis scored just over 350,000 in 1997.

"This is a phenomenal achievement from an already phenomenally successful band," said OCC managing director Martin Talbot.

Take That and Robbie Williams, who forged a successful solo career before fading from the limelight in recent years, have sold more than 80 million albums between them.

The OCC said Progress could challenge the sales achieved by the last Take That album (without Williams), "The Circus", which sold one million copies in 18 days.

Take That are signed to Universal Music Group's Polydor label. (Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)